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This course has been designed to provide you with training in the theoretical and practical aspects of modern immunology, with some emphasis on allergy. Read more
This course has been designed to provide you with training in the theoretical and practical aspects of modern immunology, with some emphasis on allergy. It is the only course of its kind in the UK.

It is particularly suitable for graduates in life sciences, biomedical sciences and allied subjects, as well as people who are already employed in related fields who wish to update their knowledge and gain valuable research experience.

This course has been designed to enable students to:

Acquire skills & advanced knowledge in Immunology & Allergy

Appreciate the contribution of immunological mechanisms to a wide range of disease processes, as a basis for developing new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

Carry out critical evaluation of newly published scientific papers and develop the ability to report and interpret results.

Study in greater depth one aspect of Immunology & Allergy by conducting a research project and completing a dissertation.

95% of the School of Life Sciences research was deemed to be of international quality according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

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This online course enables you to match your educational needs with your professional practice. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for optimal clinical evaluation of the allergic patient. Read more

Course overview

This online course enables you to match your educational needs with your professional practice. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed for optimal clinical evaluation of the allergic patient. You will also learn how to manage common allergic conditions, such as eczema, food allergy, asthma and drug allergy.

This course has been developed for clinicians, nurses and other allied health professionals who have a particular interest in clinical allergy. The focus is clinical, drawing on the latest research. The course is suitable for those working in primary or secondary care settings with adults or children. If you commonly see patients with allergic conditions and want to develop your clinical skills in this area, then this course is for you.

You will study our compulsory allergy module alongside a range of optional modules. The allergy module is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and covers: basic immunology for clinical allergy practice; clinical evaluation of the allergic patient, including diagnostic options and management approaches; anaphylaxis; asthma; allergic skin disease, including eczema, urticaria and angioedema; drug allergy; food allergy (both lgE mediated disease and non IgE mediated disease); 'hot topics' in allergy.

This innovative course is aimed at those who already have a primary qualification (eg MBBS, BDS, BSc) and are working in a health or life sciences field. It has been developed to provide a flexible approach, making it sustainable and compatible with modern career pathways, whilst addressing the needs of a modern health service.

Modules

For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/clinical-health-sciences-allergy-pgcert/#modules

How to Apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/clinical-health-sciences-allergy-pgcert/#howtoapply

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This course focuses on how the body defends itself against disease. It helps us understand processes of viral, bacterial or parasitic infection and how the immune system is sometimes tricked into attacking its own tissue, leading to diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or allergy. Read more
This course focuses on how the body defends itself against disease. It helps us understand processes of viral, bacterial or parasitic infection and how the immune system is sometimes tricked into attacking its own tissue, leading to diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or allergy.

What you’ll study

This course will provide you with comprehensive postgraduate life sciences training. You'll receive dedicated training in a broad range of practical laboratory skills. This is complemented by classes that develop your transferable skills in:
-Statistics
-Presentations
-Career development
-Ethics
-Science writing skills
-Your ability to design experiments and analyse sophisticated datasets

Our taught classes capture the excitement of cutting-edge research fields. You'll be taught by active researchers or practising clinical professionals.

Course structure

You'll have two semesters of postgraduate laboratories. You'll attend short optional classes in:
-In Vivo biology
-Drug discovery
-Haematology

You'll also attend a compulsory Immunology class together with a choice of either Clinical Immunology or Applied Immunology.

Finally, you'll undertake a summer project in an active research laboratory.

Future prospects

This course is the perfect route to future training at PhD level. It also gives you a range of skills and experience that employers from industry or in health care are looking for.

Course content

Compulsory classes
-Generic Skills for Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Students
-Entrepreneurship
-Advanced Techniques in Biomedical Research 1 & 2
-Postgraduate Studies in Immunology
-Statistics
-Research project

Elective classes
-In Vivo Biology
-Drug Discovery
-Postgraduate Studies in Haematology
-Postgraduate Studies in Applied Immunology
-Postgraduate Studies in Clinical Immunology

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions.

If you successfully complete the required taught classes you can undertake a laboratory project for the MSc.

Assessment of taught classes is through multiple choice tests, computer quizzes, problem solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams. The laboratory project is assessed through a written thesis.

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Focusing on the relevance of the immune response in the maintenance of health and development of disease, graduates will be able to attain the intellectual and practical skills needed to address both theoretical and technical aspects of modern biomedical research. Read more
Focusing on the relevance of the immune response in the maintenance of health and development of disease, graduates will be able to attain the intellectual and practical skills needed to address both theoretical and technical aspects of modern biomedical research.
In common with the other molecular biosciences Masters courses, the MSc in Immunology builds on recent advances in genomics to understand the generation of immunological diversity at a cellular level, how this imparts variability in immune responses at the individual and population level and the relevance of the immune system in disease areas such as autoimmunity, cancer, allergy and microbial infections.

COURSES
Semester 1
Basic Skills Induction
Generic Skills
Current Topics in Immunology
Introductory Immunology
Applied Statistics

Semester 2
Host-Pathogen Interactions
Genome - Enabled Medicines
Research Tutorials
Immunogenetics

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Infectious diseases and allergens have a huge impact on the health of human, animal and plants. The emergence of old and new pathogens, together with increasing spread of allergens originating from pollen and spores that trigger hay fever and asthma demonstrates why research is imperative. Read more
Infectious diseases and allergens have a huge impact on the health of human, animal and plants. The emergence of old and new pathogens, together with increasing spread of allergens originating from pollen and spores that trigger hay fever and asthma demonstrates why research is imperative. This distinctive programme meets the demands of curious minds of young scientists, nurses and clinicians in this field.

What and how will I learn?
The programme provides students with learning of; the source and impact of infections and allergens; how immune system of organisms cope with these exogenous triggers; how it translates into the agriculture, veterinary and patient clinic, offering the latest developments in detection, molecular and immunological diagnostics, forecasting, therapeutics and management. Students gain a tremendous experience in the research methods and techniques used to study infectious disease, allergens and the immunology of the host.

Degree Structure
Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits.

Full-time and part-time study will be available.

MSc: one calendar year full-time, two calendar years part-time (6 x 20 credit modules and a 3-month research project).

Postgraduate Diploma: 9 calendar months full time, two calendar years part-time (6 x 20 credit modules without the 3-month research project).

Postgraduate Certificate: up to 12 weeks full-time, up to two academic years part-time (3 x 20 credit modules).

Modules
Fundamental and Translational Aerobiology
Detection and Identification of microorganisms
Impacts of Infectious Agents on Plants, Animals and Humans
Allergens and Allergen Carriers
Allergy Diagnostics and Management
Research Methods

Dissertation/Thesis
All MSc students undertake an independent research project in the areas of Aerobiology, detection, diagnostics, infectious agents, allergens, forensics and immunology which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:
http://www.worcester.ac.uk/journey/airborne-infectious-agents-allergens-msc.html

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, database mining, journal articles, wet-lab based experiments and self-directed learning. The last three months of the programme is spent on a laboratory-based research project. Assessment is through coursework, written examination, project reports, oral presentation and the dissertation.

Why should I study this degree at Worcester?
The Airborne Infectious Agents and Allergens MSc introduces exciting new themes that reflect the research excellence within NPARU Division of Institute of Science and the Environment at Worcester University. Students would benefit from the expertise of first-class teaching facilities, molecular, immunological, microbial, forensics and Imaging laboratories, and from the pollen research and forecasting expertise that exist within ISE/NPARU.
The last three months are spent on a practical research project that can be undertaken within ISE/NPARU at Worcester or in a related company or another institute at the UK. Strong links exist with several biotech companies or universities.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must hold a minimum of a minumum lower second-class Bachelor's degree in life sciences from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?
This programme is particularly suitable for scientists or clinicians who wish to be trained in the field of infection, detection and diagnostics, forensics, pollen biology, allergy and immunity. It offers a range of courses and a specialist research project that leads to a specialism in microbiology, allergy and immunology.

Industrial or University Studentships may be available for this programme.

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This course offers a sound theoretical background to the principles of the mechanisms and management of allergic disease. It provides rigorous academic training and an introduction to research methods and best practice. Read more
This course offers a sound theoretical background to the principles of the mechanisms and management of allergic disease.

It provides rigorous academic training and an introduction to research methods and best practice.

The course combines lectures, tutorials and workshops with online learning, enabling you to work flexibly around other commitments.

You will initially register for the Postgraduate Certificate in Allergy.

This can be awarded in its own right or, on successful completion of this component of the programme, you will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the MSc in Allergy programme, depending on the level and direction of your ambitions.

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The Plant Biotechnology programme is the combination of different fields of the classical plant sciences (e.g. plant physiology, plant breeding, plant pathology) working with a whole new range of techniques and possibilities opened up by modern molecular biology. Read more

MSc Plant Biotechnology

The Plant Biotechnology programme is the combination of different fields of the classical plant sciences (e.g. plant physiology, plant breeding, plant pathology) working with a whole new range of techniques and possibilities opened up by modern molecular biology.

Programme summary

Due to rapid technological developments in the genomics, molecular biology and biotechnology, the use of molecular marker technology has accelerated the selection of new plant varieties with many desirable traits. It also facilitates the design, development and management of transgenic plants. At present, plants are increasingly used to produce valuable proteins and secondary metabolites for food and pharmaceutical purposes. New insights into the molecular basis of plant-insect, plant- pathogen and crop-weed relationships enable the development of disease-resistant plants and strategies for integrated pest management. A fundamental approach is combined with the development of tools and technologies to apply in plant breeding, plant pathology, post-harvest quality control, and the production of renewable resources. Besides covering the technological aspects, Plant Biotechnology also deals with the ethical issues and regulatory aspects, including intellectual property rights.

Specialisations

Functional Plant Genomics
Functional genomics aims at understanding the relationship between an organism's genome and its phenotype. The availability of a wide variety of sequenced plant genomes has revolutionised insight into plant genetics. By combining array technology, proteomics, metabolomics and phenomics with bioinformatics, gene expression can be studied to understand the dynamic properties of plants and other organisms.

Plants for Human and Animal Health
Plants are increasingly being used as a safe and inexpensive alternative for the production of valuable proteins and metabolites for food supplements and pharmaceuticals. This specialisation provides a fundamental understanding of how plants can be used for the production of foreign proteins and metabolites. In addition, biomedical aspects such as immunology and food allergy, as well as nutritional genomics and plant metabolomics, can also be studied.

Molecular Plant Breeding and Pathology
Molecular approaches to analyse and modify qualitative and quantitative traits in crops are highly effective in improving crop yield, food quality, disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance. Molecular plant breeding focuses on the application of genomics and QTL-mapping to enable marker assisted selection of a trait of interest (e.g. productivity, quality). Molecular plant pathology aims to provide a greater understanding of plant-insect, plant-pathogen and crop-weed interactions in addition to developing new technologies for integrated plant health management.These technologies include improved molecular detection of pathogens and transgene methods to introduce resistance genes into crops.

Your future career

The main career focus of graduates in Plant Biotechnology is on research and development positions at universities, research institutes, and biotech- or plant breeding companies. Other job opportunities can be found in the fields of policy, consultancy and communication in agribusiness and both governmental and non-governmental organisations. Over 75% of Plant Biotechnology graduates start their (academic) career with a PhD.

Alumnus Behzad Rashidi.
“I obtained my bachelor degree in the field of agricultural engineering, agronomy and plant breeding, at Isfahan University of Technology, Iran. The curiosity and interest for studying plant biotechnology and great reputation of Wageningen University motivated me to follow the master programme Plant Biotechnology. I got a chance to do my internship at State University of New York at Buffalo, working on biofuel production from microalgae. Working with this small unicellular organism made me even more motivated to continue my research after my master. Now I am doing my PhD in the Plant Breeding department of Wageningen University, working on biorefinery of microalgae.”

Related programmes:
MSc Biotechnology
MSc Molecular Life Sciences
MSc Plant Sciences
MSc Nutrition and Health
MSc Bioinformatics
MSc Biology.

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