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Programme-specific Section of the Curriculum for the MSc Programme in Parasitology

at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen 2010 (Rev. 2017) Contents 1 Title and affiliation ................................................................................................................ 2 1.1 Title .............................................................................................................................................................. 2 1.2 Affiliation ..................................................................................................................................................... 2 1.3 Corps of external examiners ......................................................................................................................... 2

2 Academic profile .................................................................................................................... 2 2.1 Purpose ......................................................................................................................................................... 2 2.2 General programme profile .......................................................................................................................... 2 2.3 General structure of the programme ............................................................................................................. 3 2.4 Career opportunities ..................................................................................................................................... 3

3 Description of competence profiles ...................................................................................... 3 3.1 Competence profile ...................................................................................................................................... 3

4 Admission requirements ....................................................................................................... 4 4.1 Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science (husdyrvidenskab) ............................................... 4 4.2 Applicants with a related Bachelor’s degree ................................................................................................ 4 4.3 Other applicants............................................................................................................................................ 5 4.4 Language requirements ................................................................................................................................ 5

5 Prioritisation of applicants ................................................................................................... 5 6 Structure of the programme................................................................................................. 5 6.1 Programme components ............................................................................................................................... 5

7 Exemptions ............................................................................................................................. 6 8 Commencement etc. .............................................................................................................. 6 8.1 Validity ......................................................................................................................................................... 6 8.2 Transfer ........................................................................................................................................................ 6 8.3 Amendments................................................................................................................................................. 6

Appendix 1 Tables .................................................................................................................... 7 Appendix 2 Interim arrangements ......................................................................................... 8 Appendix 3 Description of objectives for the thesis .............................................................. 9

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1 Title and affiliation A shared section that applies to all BSc and MSc Programmes at the Faculty of Science is linked to this programme-specific curriculum. 1.1 Title The MSc Programme in Parasitology leads to a Master of Science (MSc) in Parasitology with the Danish title: Cand.scient. (candidatus/candidata scientiarum) i parasitology. 1.2 Affiliation The programme is affiliated with the Study Board for the Biological Area, and the students can both elect, and be elected, to this study board. 1.3 Corps of external examiners The following corps of external examiners is used for the central parts of the MSc Programme: • Corps of External Examiners for Agricultural Science (jordbrugsvidenskab).

2 Academic profile 2.1 Purpose The form of instruction in the compulsory courses is mainly lectures combined with theoretical and practical exercises. During the compulsory courses the student is introduced to numerous methods in theory and practice which will act as the starting point for further specialisation in the subsequent thesis. The course in Animal Parasitology (second semester) is centred on a group-based thematic project. In addition to lectures, the compulsory courses will offer colloquia and seminars, which will enable students to deepen their theoretical understanding across their respective practical projects, based on presentations on specific research projects and selected scientific articles. The compulsory courses will thus prepare students for their more individual degree project. 2.2 General programme profile The form of instruction in the compulsory courses is mainly lectures combined with theoretical and practical exercises. During the compulsory courses the student is introduced to numerous methods in theory and practice, which will act as the starting point for further specialization in methods in the subsequent thematic course and thesis. The thematic course (second semester) is centred on a group-based thematic project. In addition to lectures, the thematic course will offer colloquia and seminars, which will enable students to deepen their theoretical understanding across their respective thematic projects, based on presentations on specific research projects and selected scientific articles. The thematic course will thus prepare students for their more individual degree project. The programme has three major thematic profiles: • Fundamental research on biological phenomena using parasites as models. The aim is to provide the student with a detailed knowledge on experimental biology. This is done by providing students with a thorough knowledge of the general characteristics of parasites, their life cycles and transmission, followed by experimental studies during project work and thesis. This specialization is intended to develop competence, which can be used in research and development within universities and private industry. • Infection biology in developing countries: Transmission principles and prevention of veterinary and human parasites. The aim is to provide the student with a broad knowledge of parasitic diseases in animals and man, including the zoonotic parasites, which are transmitted from animals to man, and their prevention and control in general. Page 2 of 9

Through training in the basic concepts of parasitism and transmission principles, and from group projects with relevance to the developing world, the student will be able to conduct thesis work related to a developing country, thus developing competences, which are of primary interest to government institutions and consultancy agencies involved in development aid. • Food safety, prevention strategies and biotechnology tools for typing and traceability. The aim is provide the student with knowledge on food, water, and environmentally transmitted parasitic diseases, and how these diseases can be traced back to their origins. The studies will focus on disease prevention along the production chain based on epidemiological surveillance, and will introduce the range of tools available for specific and sensitive diagnosis. This direction aims at developing competences, which can be used in the animal production, the food sector and at regulatory agencies. Students will acquire scientific and methodological skills leading to a capacity to gather scientific information, work thematically and with a problem-based approach, apply specific knowledge and tools within biology, facilitate transfer of scientific knowledge to administrative institutions, conduct research in biotechnology, veterinary and human parasitology design. Parasitology is the key subject area of the programme. 2.3 General structure of the programme The MSc Programme is set at 120 ECTS. There are no defined specialisations in this programme. 2.4 Career opportunities The MSc Programme in Parasitology qualifies students for a PhD programme, and depending on the academic specialisation it may also be targeted at business functions and/or areas such as: • Experimental laboratories. • Research institutions. • Research administration. • Production and scientific communication. • Instruction.

3 Description of competence profiles Students following the MSc Programme acquire the knowledge, skills and competences listed below. Students will also acquire other qualifications through elective subject elements and other study activities. 3.1 Competence profile On completion of the programme, an MSc in Parasitology has acquired the following: Knowledge about: • Outline concepts of parasitism in animals and humans and an understanding of biotic and abiotic factors of importance for the survival of parasites within and outside their hosts. • Account for how parasites are transmitted, regulated and controlled in complex ecosystems. • Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between the nutritional status of hosts and parasitism, and the effects which a parasite has on its host. Page 3 of 9

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Present principles of impact estimation and the prevention of veterinary and human parasitic diseases. Transfer principles to new parasitological problems. Evaluate geographically variable impact of diseases caused by parasites, and outline different strategies for prevention and control. Outline parasitological, immunological and molecular methods within experimental parasitology, and understanding how to interpret various diagnostic methods. Reflect on limitations and possibilities in the application of the techniques in new situations. Overview the application of bioassays and the designing of animal experiments.

Skills in/to: • Apply a range of parasitological, immunological and molecular methods available in applied and experimental parasitology, and understand how to apply such tools to identify parasites from different systematic groups. • Understand of the relevance of experimental models in relation to cases. • Apply an understanding of basic rules and principles in parasitology and for their application in new situations and for experimental design. • Design of animal experiments and the application of bioassays. • Identify and analyse biological characteristics of importance for the survival of food pathogens. • Apply the principles of food safety and risk analysis along the food chain. Competences in/to: • Display awareness of the pathogenic effects of parasites on their hosts and the problems in relation to animal and human welfare. • Carry out analyse and discuss practical research on parasites in experimental or natural settings. • Participate in discussions on how disease control may have complications, which are not primarily related to cost, but to local cultural, religious or dietary habits. • Participate in discussions on the ethical and scientific problems related to animal experimentation within diseases research. • Apply cost-benefit relations in disease control in less favored regions of the world.

4 Admission requirements With a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science (husdyrvidenskab) from the University of Copenhagen the student is granted reserved access and guaranteed a place on the MSc Programme in Parasitology if the student applies before the application deadline during the first application period after the completion of the Bachelor’s degree. 4.1 Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science (husdyrvidenskab) Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science (husdyrvidenskab) from the University of Copenhagen, other Danish or Nordic universities are directly academically qualified for admission to the MSc Programme. 4.2 Applicants with a related Bachelor’s degree Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology-Biotechnology, Nature Resources, Veterinary Medicine or Natural Sciences from the University of Copenhagen or other Danish or international universities may also be admitted if their programme includes the following: • Zoology. • Physiology and anatomy. • Biochemistry and statistics . Page 4 of 9

4.3 Other applicants The Faculty may also admit applicants who, after an individual academic assessment, are deemed to possess educational qualifications equivalent to those required in Subclauses 4.1-2. 4.4 Language requirements 4.4.1 Applicants from Nordic universities Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from Nordic universities must as a minimum document English language qualifications comparable to a Danish upper secondary school English B level. 4.4.2 Non-Nordic applicants Applicants with a non-Nordic Bachelor’s degree must be able to document English proficiency corresponding to an IELTS test score of minimum 6.5 or a TOEFL test score of minimum 83 (Internet-based).

5 Prioritisation of applicants If the number of qualified applicants to the programme exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be prioritised as follows: 1) Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science (husdyrvidenskab) from the University of Copenhagen seeking admission by way of direct extension of their completed BSc programme. 2) On the basis of previous studies, including the composition of subjects studied, studies outside Denmark and similar.

6 Structure of the programme The compulsory subject elements, restricted elective subject elements and the thesis constitute the central parts of the programme (Section 21 of the Ministerial Order on Bachelor and Master’s Programmes (Candidatus) at Universities). 6.1 Programme components The programme is set at 120 ECTS and consists of the following: • Compulsory subject elements, 45 ECTS. • Elective subject elements, 30 ECTS. • Thesis, 45 ECTS. 6.1.1 Compulsory subject elements All of the following subject elements are to be covered (45 ECTS): Block 2 • SBIK10200U Human Parasitology Discontinued* Parasitic Zoonoses • SBIK10151U Block 4 • SBIK10198U Animal Parasitology Discontinued* • LBIK10199U Basic Parasitology * See course specific changes below (Appendix 2).

7.5 ECTS 7.5 ECTS 15 ECTS 15 ECTS

6.1.3 Elective subject elements 30 ECTS are to be covered as elective subject elements. All subject elements at MSc level may be included as elective subject elements in the MSc Programme. BSc subject elements corresponding to 15 ECTS may be included in the MSc Programme. Page 5 of 9

Projects outside the course scope may be included in the elective section of the programme by up to 15 ECTS. The regulations are described in Appendix 5 to the shared section of the curriculum. Projects in practice may be included in the elective section of the programme by up to 15 ECTS. The regulations are described in Appendix 4 to the shared section of the curriculum. 6.1.4 Thesis The MSc Programme in Parasitology includes a thesis corresponding to 45 ECTS, as described in Appendix 2 to the shared curriculum. The topic of the thesis must be within the academic scope of the programme. The main supervisor must be employed at either The Faculty of Science or The Faculty of Health and Medical Science at The University of Copenhagen 6.1.5 Academic mobility This MSc Programme does not include a pre-defined window for academic mobility. The student has the possibility to arrange academic mobility during the programme according to rules and regulations regarding pre-approvals and credit.

7 Exemptions In exceptional circumstances, the study board may grant exemptions from the rules in the curriculum specified solely by the Faculty of Science.

8 Commencement etc. 8.1 Validity This subject specific section of the curriculum applies to all students enrolled in the programme – see however Appendix 2. 8.2 Transfer Students enrolled on previous curricula may be transferred to the new one as per the applicable transfer regulations or according to an individual credit transfer by the study board. 8.3 Amendments The curriculum may be amended once a year so that any changes come into effect at the start of the academic year. Amendments must be proposed by the study board and approved by the Dean. Notification about amendments that tighten the admission requirements for the programme will be published online at www.science.ku.dk one year before they come into effect. If amendments are made to this curriculum, an interim arrangement may be added if necessary to allow students to complete their MSc Programme according to the amended curriculum.

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Appendix 1 Tables Table – MSc Programme in Parasitology Block 1 1st year

Block 2

Block 3

Human Parasitology

Elective

Parasitic Zoonoses

Elective

Basic Parasitology

2nd year Compulsory.

Block 4 Animal Parasitology

Elective Thesis Elective Elective

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Appendix 2 Interim arrangements The Shared Section of the BSc and MSc Curricula for Study Programmes applies to all students. The interim arrangements below only consist of parts where the current curriculum differs from the rules and regulations that were previously valid. Therefore, if information about relevant rules and regulations are missing, it can be found in the curriculum above. 1 Course specific changes Discontinued course Basic Parasitology (LBIK10199U), 15 ECTS

Parasitic Zoonoses (SBIK10151U), 7.5 ECTS

Interim arrangement The course was offered for the last time in the academic year 2014/15 and a third exam is offered in the academic year 2015/16. If the course is not passed the student must contact SCIENCE Study Administration. The course was offered for the last time in the academic year 2015/16 and a third exam is offered in the academic year 2016/17. The course has changed title and is equivalent to “Parasitic Zoonoses and One Health Control Approaches” (SASK16001U), 7.5 ECTS.

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Appendix 3 Description of objectives for the thesis After completing the thesis, the student should have: Knowledge about: • Identify scientific problems within the study programme’s subject areas. • Summarise a suitable combination of methodologies/theories based on international research for use in his/her work with the problem formulation. • Discuss theories/models on the basis of an organised value system and with a high degree of independence. Skills in/to: • Apply and critically evaluate theories/methodologies, including their applicability and limitations. • Assess the extent to which the production and interpretation of findings/material depend on the theory/methodology chosen and the delimitation chosen. • Discuss academic issues arising from the thesis. • Draw conclusions in a clear and academic manner in relation to the problem formulation and, more generally, considering the topic and the subject area. • Discuss and communicate the academic and social significance, if any, of the thesis based on ethical principles. If the thesis includes experimental content/own data production, the student will also be able to: • Substantiate the idea of conducting experimental work/producing own data in order to shed light on the topic as formulated in the problem formulation. • Process data through a choice of academic analysis methods and present findings objectively and in a concise manner. • Assess the credibility of own findings based on relevant data processing. Competences in/to: • Initiate and perform academic work in a research context. • Solve complex problems and carry out development assignments in a work context.

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