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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The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the major challenges of controlling infectious disease spread in a highly interconnected world and has had a massive impact on public health, the economy, social interaction and the way we work. While the current pandemic revealed a lack of preparedness in many parts of the world, it was not the first and it will not be the last.

The Liverpool City Region played a critical role in the Covid-19 pandemic by rolling-out the first mass asymptomatic testing programme worldwide and was selected as a key location of the Events Research Programme, which determined that large social gatherings could be held safely using testing or confirmation of vaccination status. The University of Liverpool is a major partner in Liverpool’s new Pandemic Institute and our academics include several experts who advised Government during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as scientists working on new Covid treatments and improved understanding of Long Covid.

This unique MSc programme will provide you with a breadth of interdisciplinary expertise and practical role-play in the epidemiology, immunology, control and management of epidemics and pandemics in a One Health (i.e., integrated medical and veterinary) context led by leading experts in their respective fields. With a core syllabus in Infection & Immunity, the MSc in Pandemic Sciences takes you from the laboratory bench into the highly topical field of mathematical modelling to understand how pandemics spread and how to slow them down. You will also work through an Outbreak Scenario across two semesters, where you will come to understand the critical role of policy, communication and the media in the success (or otherwise) of translating scientific knowledge into effective disease control.

This programme will enable you to further develop your skills in communications and statistics beyond undergraduate level and will train you to critically evaluate and synthesise aspects of infectious diseases and immunology with practical applications in public health and outbreak control. It will also equip you for a range of timely career opportunities in the ongoing pandemic response - and future disease control and public health implementation - across the medical and veterinary sectors in academia and industry, as well as in government departments, international charities and NGOs.

Please note that this course may soon be available for part-time study.

Why School of Life Sciences?

International excellence in Biological Sciences

We attract high quality postgraduate students with first degrees in Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Zoology and other areas of Biosciences from around the world into the following areas of biology:

Advanced Biological Sciences MSc

Watch our film 'Inside Life Sciences: A conversation with Tanya Horne and Professor Jay Hinton' to discover more.