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Postgraduate MSc

Infectious Diseases

The range of research in the School of Biosciences enables you to tailor your Master's degree to your career requirements. Expertise in biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, cancer biology, protein biochemistry, reproductive biology, computational biology and aging, allows you choice and flexibility in your studies.

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Overview

The MSc in Infectious Diseases provides advanced research skills training within the context of diseases that affect significant proportions of the UK and global populations. With the UK being a world leader in infectious diseases research and pharmaceutical development, and Kent having a strong research focus in this area, there are significant opportunities for career progression for graduates of this programme in both academia (PhD) and industry.

Learn skills in experimental design using appropriate case studies that embed you within the relevant research literature, and gain experience of analysis and statistical interpretation of complex experimental data. The course culminates with a research project under the supervision of faculty that currently perform research on disease-causing microorganisms.

Reasons to study Infectious Diseases at Kent

  • Research in the School of Biosciences focuses on biological processes at the molecular and cellular level and spans the disciplines of biomedical, genetics, biochemistry and biotechnology research.
  • Gain an advanced education and training in a range of human diseases that affect a significant proportion of the global population.
  • Undergo training in modern practical, academic and research skills that are used in academia and industry. This training will help towards the development of new strategies to combat the spread of infectious diseases.
  • The course offers a progression route to PhD study for those wishing to pursue a career in academia, while transferable skills development supports access to careers in leading pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies, medical research in academic, government, industrial and medical labs, teaching, industry and commerce, marketing and IT.
  • Our academic staff are leading experts in infectious diseases, ensuring you receive the best possible supervision.
  • The School is among the best-funded departments of its kind in the UK, and our well-equipped laboratories provide an excellent environment for both teaching and research.
  • Join our student-led biosciences society, BioSoc, which is affiliated with the Institute of Biomedical Science and organises a seminar series, academic talks, trips and social events.

Your future

The MSc in Infectious Diseases provides advanced research skills training within the context of diseases that affect significant proportions of the UK and global populations. With the UK being a world leader in infectious diseases research and pharmaceutical development, and Kent having a strong research focus in this area, there are significant opportunities for career progression for graduates of this programme in academia (PhD) and industry.

There are also opportunities for careers outside the laboratory in advocacy, media, public health and education.

Recent kent graduates have gone on to the following roles: Healthcare Scientist at Public Health England, QC Microbiologist at ThermoFischer, Medical Lab Assistant at Guy’s Hospital, Environmental Health Technician in the Royal Air Force, Microbiologist at Leatherhead Food Research, and onto PhDs at the University of Kent, Lancaster University and University of Southampton.

Help finding a job

The School of Biosciences has a dedicated Placements and Employability Team and your academic supervisor will be able to advise you and give you access to professionals in their network.

The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

These services are available to you for 3 years after completing your course.

Career support
Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.

Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • International
  • UK
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

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Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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