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Viral Zoonoses

Masters Certificate of Professional Development in Viral Zoonoses

Level 7, 10 credits

Course aims

  1. To develop an understanding of those viruses transmitted by insect vectors for which humans and other animals are often dead-ends as hosts
  2. To develop an understanding of those viruses transmitted to humans by other mammalian vectors and their role in emerging viral diseases
  3. To critically evaluate the problems of controlling viral infections spread by insects and mammals
Course length

The module is delivered in the summer of the calendar year which runs from May to August.

Course structure

The module is assessed through a module examination.


You will undertake the module through distance learning, using the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Course content
  • Important zoonotic infections (Yellow Fever, Dengue, West Nile, Lassa Fever, Ebola, Hantaviruses, Nipah, Rabies)
  • Symptoms and effects of acute viral infections with these viruses
  • Zoonotic and epizootic infections and emerging viral diseases
  • The worldwide economic impact of these infections
  • Control of rodents, bats and insect diseases
  • The consequences of illegal and legal importation of exotic animals and 'bushmeat'
  • Passive and active vaccination, antiviral drugs and control
  • Potential effects on zoonotic infections of global warming, deforestation, agricultural changes, water shortages etc
Course fees

£320 (£32 per credit)

Entry requirements

All applicants normally require a relevant BSc degree in a Biological Sciences subject with at least a lower second (2:2) award. We also consider non-standard qualifications supported by relevant experience.  

How to apply

Please apply using the postgraduate online application form 

Further information

Faculty Admissions Team
James Parsons Building
Byrom Street
L3 3AF

Telephone: 0151 231 2888

Dr Anne Humphreys, Programme Manager
Telephone: 0151 231 2205

Janet Jackson, Programme Administrator
Telephone: 0151 231 2524

This Continuing Professional Development programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

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The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

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