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Virology (for Medical Science)


A minor in Virology will equip you with knowledge and skills relating to the role of viruses in human, animal and plant hosts.

About this major

Graduate attributes

Students who graduate from Virology will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of viruses as agents of disease, their function in the ecosphere, abundance and diversity
  2. Define the key characteristics of the classes of viruses that distinguish them from each other
  3. Perform culture, microscopy, diagnostic and molecular techniques used in the modern diagnostic virology laboratory, and explain and critically evaluate the scientific principles behind these important techniques
  4. Have a detailed knowledge of virus virulence mechanisms and their role in invasion, establishment and progression of infection
  5. Know the major causes of important viral diseases in the general community and hospital environments
  6. Explain how viral diseases emerge or re-emerge to impact human and global health
  7. Explain the ways in which important viral pathogens pose a challenge for public health
  8. Be familiar with the measures that have been developed to control viruses and the conceptual basis of the control strategies
  9. Critically evaluate the research literature dealing with pathogenic processes of viruses and epidemiology and apply this knowledge to virology research
Career pathways
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