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This is a full-time 1 year MSc programme suitable for biomedical or life scientists who wish to acquire an extensive knowledge and key skills relating to the fundamental molecular and cellular regulation of immunity and its application to the treatment of disease. Read more
This is a full-time 1 year MSc programme suitable for biomedical or life scientists who wish to acquire an extensive knowledge and key skills relating to the fundamental molecular and cellular regulation of immunity and its application to the treatment of disease. The programme will be delivered by world leaders at the forefront of immunology and immunotherapy research, each with an internationally renowned research group.

Over the past few years significant advances have been made in our understanding of the molecular and cellular control of immune responses. These discoveries are now being translated into the design and testing of immunotherapeutic interventions for a range of diseases including cancer, autoimmunity and inflammatory disease. This programme is for biomedical or life scientists who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in both immunology and its translation to immunotherapy.

A series of interlinked taught modules cover molecular mechanisms in immune cell differentiation and function, autoimmunity, transplant and tumour immunology, and inflammation. This is complemented by comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in immunotherapy including the use of microbial products in immunomodulation and vaccination, small molecules and biologics, as well as cellular immunotherapy.

The programme aims to allow you to understand the research process, from the fundamental discoveries at the forefront of immunological research, to the application of novel interventional immune-based therapies.

A key part of the MSc programme is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation. This study will be in the form of an extensive laboratory research project carried out in internationally renowned research groups. Each student will be a fully-integrated member of one of the large number of research teams in a wide variety of topics across both immunology and immunotherapy. We also plan to offer some projects within external biotechnology companies.

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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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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This programme has been designed to meet the needs of specialist training at pre-consultant level. Read more
This programme has been designed to meet the needs of specialist training at pre-consultant level. It covers the scientific basis and clinical practice of rheumatology; critical evaluation of research; design and conduct of a research project; communication and management skills; and the ethos of a multidisciplinary approach to rheumatological care.

Key benefits

- The Department of Rheumatology is part of the highly-rated School of Medicine at King's College London. The School is closely aligned with its major NHS partner Trusts: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KCH). Together, we pursue the joint aims of excellence in patient-centered research and training tomorrow’s doctors.

- We are conveniently located at Guy’s Hospital by London Bridge train and tube stations.

- This programme is the only one of its type available in South East England. It is one of only three MSc programmes in Rheumatology in the UK.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/rheumatology-msc-pg-dip.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme covers the clinical and basic knowledge base of rheumatology in a modular structure:

- Basic Concepts
- Clinical & Molecular Genetics
- Cell Biology
- Basic Immunology & Autoimmunity Immunology
- The Neuroendocrine System & its Relevance to Rheumatology
- Haematology; Radiological Sciences & their application to Rheumatic Disease
- Laboratory Techniques in Diagnosis
- The Scientific Basis of Clinical Rheumatological Practice
- Specific Rheumatological Diseases
- Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
- Non-drug Therapies
- Psycho-social and Economic Aspects of Rheumatoid Diseases Management Methods.
- Students also undertake a research project.

- Course purpose -

To meet the needs of specialist training at pre-consultant level and development of doctors and other allied health professionals. To develop the following: understanding of the scientific basis and clinical practice of rheumatology; understanding and critical evaluation of research; undertaking a systematic review, designing and conducting a research project; communication and management skills; the ethos of a multidisciplinary approach to rheumatological care.

- Course format and assessment -

Lecture-based programme, on approximately 18 Wednesdays distributed throughout the academic year. Examination and assessment: Year one - MCQ examination (basic science), essay examination (basic science) and a literature review Year two - MCQ examination (clinical), essay examination (clinical) and a research project.

Career prospects

The majority of students continue to work in the NHS during study and use the programme for career development in the NHS.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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Overview. Advances in molecular biology have enabled major developments in biotechnology which in turn has lead to huge advances in medicine, molecular biology and industry. Read more
Overview
Advances in molecular biology have enabled major developments in biotechnology which in turn has lead to huge advances in medicine, molecular biology and industry. Students choosing this MSc degree will enjoy a comprehensive course that covers the key aspects of practical and theoretical medically-related molecular biology, developing advanced skills in this area.

Description
The course is composed of a modular 120-credit taught component and a 60-credit research project and dissertation. The taught component covers a broad range of medical molecular topics and techniques and includes thorough laboratory training. The course is run in conjuncture with our School of Medicine to ensure that students gain a broad view of modern molecular biology and laboratory techniques.

Overseas Students
A two-year course aimed at students from non-European Union countries who come to the UK requiring pre-MSc level training in English language and basic pre-MSc molecular biology. The first year of this course will bring students up to a level where they will be capable of studying for a full MSc degree and it will develop English language skills to the minimum level required for MSc level learning. Year one will be run in conjunction with ELCOS (English Language Courses for Overseas Students). Students can obtain the minimal English certification for MSc entry.

Module list (1st year of English-life sciences modules)
The English language content and life sciences teaching are integrated to enable students to undertake MSc level life-sciences modules through the medium of English

Life-sciences for none native English speakers - 50 credits
Academic Writing & Grammar
Speaking & Listening
Ad.Vocabulary Use & Reading
Near Native English 1
Near Native English 2

Modules list: (for first year of 1 year course and 2nd year of 2 year course)

Semester 1
Molecular and Medical Techniques
Techniques of molecular biology and biotechnology
Medical microbes viruses and parasites
Development, cancer and the human body
Genomes and Genetics
IT skills for medical and molecular research

Semester2
Project preparation course
Medical Biotechnology
Cellular causes of disease
Biomarkers in autoimmunity

Summer term
Research Project (Experimental research into a medical/molecular or genetics research topic)

Aims and Objectives
* Provide an excellent grounding in laboratory techniques and a critical approach to research planning and implementation.
* Develop understanding of molecular biology and the molecular basis of disease.
* Develop transferable skills, including their ability to work as a member of a team, and communicate in scientific writing and speech.
* Provide the opportunity for students to gain and enhance skills required by research organisations and biotechnology companies.
*Provide the ability to attain a level required to carry out research for a higher degree (PhD) in medical molecular and related areas.

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Our MSc in Clinical Immunology provides a unique opportunity for you to gain insights into a specialist area of laboratory medicine from clinical leaders in the field, in addition to academic teaching from researchers at the forefront of immunology. Read more
Our MSc in Clinical Immunology provides a unique opportunity for you to gain insights into a specialist area of laboratory medicine from clinical leaders in the field, in addition to academic teaching from researchers at the forefront of immunology.

You will gain a fundamental understanding of the principles and mechanisms of the immune system and immune responses in the context of infection, malignancy and immunological disorders.

Six course units span the field of Clinical Immunology, with teaching being delivered on both campus and hospital sites by more than 40 individual contributors. Within each unit you will learn about assays and techniques employed in the clinical laboratory that will develop and enhance your understanding and clinical interpretation of results. The course's content covers:
- basic and advanced immunology
- immune deficiency
- hypersensitivity
- haematological malignancy
- autoimmunity.

In addition to the taught component, you will develop critical and experimental research skills relevant to the field through a focused literature review and research project.

You will learn alongside those who have gained places on the highly selective and competitive national Scientist Training Programme in Clinical Immunology. This diversity of educational and professional input from both speakers and students provides a fantastic opportunity for enhanced collaborative learning and networking.

If you have an interest in this highly diverse and ever-changing field, and you wish to expand your knowledge at the interface of clinical and academic immunology, this master's is ideal for you.

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The contribution of Inflammation and Immune dysfunction to a wide range of diseases, from Arthritis to Cancer to Obesity is becoming increasingly clear. Read more
The contribution of Inflammation and Immune dysfunction to a wide range of diseases, from Arthritis to Cancer to Obesity is becoming increasingly clear. The MSc in Immunology and Inflammatory Disease integrates basic, translational and clinical immunology and inflammation biology with cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques to equip students with both a working knowledge of Inflammatory disease together with state of the art research approaches used to study the area.

Why this programme

-You will receive training in the disciplines of Immunology and Inflammation within an internationally recognized centre of excellence
New opportunities to work together with scientists, clinicians and pharmaceutical industry scientists to research, drug discovery to drive improvements in patient care in areas of critical international importance
-You will attend UK Congress of Immunology
-The University of Glasgow is home the ‘GLAZgo Discovery Unit’ a unique facility established between the Respiratory, Inflammation, Autoimmunity Medicines Unit at AstraZeneca and the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation to identify new pathways by which inflammation can promote diseases and ultimately create better medicines for patients, http://www.glazgodiscoverycentre.co.uk
-The University of Glasgow is home to an Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre to recruit local patients to test new and existing drugs and to find new approaches that can predict which treatment works best in Rheumatoid Arthritis
-The University of Glasgow is home to The Arthritis Research UK Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis Centre of Excellence (in collaboration with Birmingham and Newcastle Universities), which aims to find out more about the causes of rheumatoid arthritis, http://www.race-gbn.org/

Programme structure

The MSc programme will consist of five taught courses and a project or dissertation, spread over 11-12 months. Three courses are compulsory, and two are chosen from a series of options.

The PGDip programme will consist of five taught courses, spread over 7-8 months, with three compulsary courses and two chosen from a series of options.

The PgCert programme consists one core taught course over 3-4 months.

4 Core courses
-Immunology: Basic, Translational and Clinical
-Omic technologies for the biomedical sciences: from genomics to metabolomics
-Designing a research project: biomedical research methodology
-Research project or dissertation

5 Optional Courses (choose 2)
-Drug discovery
-Diagnostic technologies and devices
-Viruses and Cancer
-Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health
-Technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research

The course will include registration and attendance at the British Society for Immunology Annual Congress. This will enable:
-Exposure to the best international immunological research.
-Networking with prospective employers in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

Excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business.

Career prospects

The programme provides an ideal grounding for progression to further research studies in Immunology, Inflammation and Infectious diseases, or for a career in pharmaceutical/bioscience industries.
-PhD
-Pharmaceutical industry research and development
-Research technologist
-Graduate research assistant
-Healthcare Scientist
-Scientific publishing
-Scientific management

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The Gastrointestinal Sciences, Immunology, and Microbiology and Infectious Diseases graduate programs have recently merged under one program director. Read more
The Gastrointestinal Sciences, Immunology, and Microbiology and Infectious Diseases graduate programs have recently merged under one program director.

Each program offers a unique research opportunity in a wide range of research interests including Physiology, Immunology, Immunopharmacology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Parasitology, Pathology, Epidemiology, and others. These Graduate Programs provide state-of-the-art training opportunities with researchers from both basic science and clinical disciplines.

Through coursework, regular seminars, and journal clubs, our students are able to study a specific research area in depth while gaining a broad understanding of their discipline. Our three specializations are part of a variety of research groups and students are able to take advantage of interdisciplinary training opportunities, professional development activities, and attend conferences both within Canada and around the world.

The objective of the Microbiology & Infectious Diseases program is to provide educational opportunities in microbiology and infectious diseases with emphasis on molecular approaches and microbial pathogenesis and therapy.

The Microbiology & Infectious Diseases program is comprised of faculty members who are part of many of the research Institutes in the Cumming School of Medicine. These research groups have been formed within the department to focus on such areas as lung infections in cystic fibrosis, systemic infections such as sepsis, autoimmunity in diabetes mellitus, molecular diagnostics and therapeutics and vaccine development.

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The Department of Immunology provides a common forum for investigators in many areas of the University of Toronto and an interdisciplinary research experience in immunology. Read more
The Department of Immunology provides a common forum for investigators in many areas of the University of Toronto and an interdisciplinary research experience in immunology. Members and students in the department are located at the Medical Sciences Building; the Ontario Cancer Institute; and the research institutes of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Ho​spital, the Hospital for Sick Children, and Sunnybrook Hospital.

The Master of Science degree program is offered in two distinct fields of study: Applied Immunology and Fundamental Immunology. The Doctor of Philosophy degree program is offered in Fundamental Immunology.

These degrees cover a wide range of immunological sub-disciplines including molecular mechanisms of lymphocyte development and selection, T-cell and B-cell receptors, cell interactions, growth factor receptors, cytokine networks, antigen processing and presentation, signal transduction in lymphocytes, V(D)J recombination, anergy, apoptosis, transgenic and knock-out models, immuno-targeting and vaccine design, autoimmunity, AIDS, diabetes, and transplantation.

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Our MSc in Clinical Immunology provides a unique opportunity for you to gain insights into a specialist area of laboratory medicine from clinical leaders in the field, in addition to academic teaching from researchers at the forefront of immunology. Read more
Our MSc in Clinical Immunology provides a unique opportunity for you to gain insights into a specialist area of laboratory medicine from clinical leaders in the field, in addition to academic teaching from researchers at the forefront of immunology.

You will gain a fundamental understanding of the principles and mechanisms of the immune system and immune responses in the context of infection, malignancy and immunological disorders.

Six course units span the field of Clinical Immunology, with teaching being delivered on both campus and hospital sites by more than 40 individual contributors. Within each unit you will learn about assays and techniques employed in the clinical laboratory that will develop and enhance your understanding and clinical interpretation of results. The course's content covers:
-Basic and advanced immunology
-Immune deficiency
-Hypersensitivity
-Haematological malignancy
-Autoimmunity

For part-time students, these units are delivered in 2 week blocks and are spread across the 2 years, allowing students to work alongside their studies.

In addition to the taught component, you will develop critical and experimental research skills relevant to the field through a focused literature review, research masterclasses (practical sessions) and a research project.

You will learn alongside students from a range of backgrounds who are studying on aligned courses. This diversity of educational and professional input from both speakers and students provides a fantastic opportunity for enhanced collaborative learning and networking.

If you have an interest in this highly diverse and ever changing field, and you wish to expand your knowledge at the interface of clinical and academic immunology, this master's is ideal for you.

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