Pandemic Sciences MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: Normally, at least a 2.1 Honours degree in a Biological Sciences subject or equivalent.
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Career prospects

Past graduates of the School of Life Sciences have continued their academic careers as research assistants or pursued further study leading to a PhD. Graduates have also developed careers in conservation or qualified to immediately go into industries. There is a demand currently for graduates with specialisations in science or computing to enter the teaching profession.  Commercial sectors such as the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agriculture industries will be possible employers of graduates, especially with the anticipated increases in the use of next-generation sequencing and the corresponding data analysis that will be required. 

This programme will equip students for a range of timely employment opportunities in the ongoing pandemic response and future disease control and public health implementation across the medical and veterinary sectors. A high demand for individuals with interdisciplinary skills in immunology, modelling, statistics, epidemiology, and public health policy is expected among STEM graduates. In addition to PhD training in academia and/or industry and opportunities in teaching, graduates will be highly competitive candidates for positions in public sector agencies, NGOs/charities, and in companies with a focus on infection control, therapeutics and vaccines.