Our Medical Immunology courses offer you advanced training in basic and clinical immunology, including diagnostic technologies, laboratory management and research methodologies. The skills and knowledge you will develop with us are an ideal preparation for a laboratory-based career path.
Our course covers basic molecular and cellular immunology and the role of immunological mechanisms in auto-immune, systemic inflammatory, hypersensitivity, infective, immuno-deficiency and neoplastic disorders in which the immune system is involved. They also explore clinical transplantation, clinical immunology laboratory management and major laboratory techniques of diagnostic medical immunology.
The course will provide you with a broad-based expertise in immunology and an awareness of recent advances in the physiology of the immune system.
You may study this programme as an MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate. If you are a PG Certificate student, your programme can last either one or two years, depending on which modules you choose.
Whichever programme you are on, you will have one day of teaching a week through lectures. If you are an MSc or PG Dip student, we will expect you to undertake 10 hours of self-study a week; six hours if you are a PG Cert student.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
We will assess you through a combination of written and practical examinations and coursework. If you are an MSc or a PG Dip student taking the research project, you will also submit a research dissertation and have an oral exam in your second year.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.
This course will allow you to develop your career in clinical, laboratory and academic immunology, for example running a diagnostic service, research group or clinical practice as a Clinical Scientist, Senior Lecturer/Professor or an NHS consultant.
This course is suitable if you
Most of your practical work is carried out in our teaching laboratories which contain industry standard equipment for cell culture, quantitative nucleic acid and protein analysis and a sophisticated suite of analytical equipment such as HPLC and gas chromatography. In addition many of our research facilities such as flow cytometry, confocal microscopy and mass spectrometry are used in taught modules and research projects and our tutors are experts in these techniques.
The teaching on the course is split between formal lectures and tutorials, and laboratory-based work. A third of the course is a laboratory-based research project, where students are assigned to a tutor who is an active researcher in the biomedical research centre. Typically, taught modules have a mixture of lectures and tutorials and involve a significant amount of laboratory time. Other modules are tutorial-led with considerable input from the course leader who acts as personal tutor.
Tutors complete research within the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre into cancer, musculoskeletal diseases, human reproduction, neurological disease, medical microbiology and immunological basis of disease. Their work is regularly published in international peer-reviewed journals, showing that the course is underpinned by relevant quality research.
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
Assessment methods include written examinations and coursework including
Research project assessment includes a written report and viva voce.
As a graduate you can find work in the expanding area of life sciences or enter a career in research. You can find careers in areas such as • medical research in universities hospital laboratories or research institutes • private industry.
The course also provides the skills and knowledge for those wishing to do research at PhD level.