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SOLVE PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS OF THE FUTURE. We need well-trained and creative minds to help us solve public health problems of the future. Read more

SOLVE PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS OF THE FUTURE

We need well-trained and creative minds to help us solve public health problems of the future. Do you see yourself tackling the increasing incidences of allergies and autoimmune disease, working on emerging infections such as Ebola and MRSA? 

This Master’s programme gives you the knowledge and research expertise needed to solve the public health problems of the future. Emerging infectious are a threat to human and animal well-being and an increasing number of allergies and chronic inflammatory diseases have a major impact on individuals and society as a whole. Knowledge of the immune system provides us with potential health care solutions for cancer, transplantation and downregulation of a hyperactive immune system as for example in rheumatoid arthritis. By training students in the field of Infection and Immunity, this programme contributes to accumulation of knowledge that is directly or indirectly leading to faster diagnosis of diseases and better treatment options.

This Master’s programme will give you a firm foundation in the field of infection and immunity and covers a variety of topics such as fundamental and clinical immunology, vaccines, immunotherapy, mechanisms of infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology of infections, virulence factors of microorganisms, and resistance to treatment.

WHY STUDY INFECTION AND IMMUNITY AT UTRECHT UNIVERSITY?

Infection, immunity, and the role of microflora in human and animal welfare is one of Utrecht University’s core research areas and the Graduate School of Life Sciences is home to a large number of world-leading research groups working in this field. Utrecht’s life science campus comprises over 50 Infection and Immunity groups in the field of human and animal health covering the whole range from molecular biology to population level. This two-year research Master's offers an unique combination of studying Immunology and infectious diseases in one comprehensive Master’s programme including extensive training in laboratory research skills. As a student you will have the opportunity to carry out two hands-on research projects at renowned research groups.

Infection and Immunity has intensive collaboration with international research institutes, allowing students to do their minor internship abroad at prestigious partner universities all around the world.

COURSE CONTENT

As a Master’s student of Infection and Immunity, you will take theory courses and seminars, as well as master classes led by specialists in the field. You will study molecular, cellular, and clinical aspects of pathogens and immune responses. During your six to nine month internships you work in a lively research environment during which you will gain hands-on experience of biomedical research in Infection and Immunity. We believe that understanding both pathogens and host reactions provides deeper insight into the mechanisms of illness, so you will complete internships in both infection and immunity.

The annual scientific symposium is a particular highlight. This symposium is organised by Master’s students and features talks by international experts and poster presentations by second year Master’s Infection and Immunity students on their own areas of research.

CAREER IN INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

As a graduate of this programme, you will have the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge needed to undertake research that will help prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases and immune disorders. The majority of our alumni continues their career as a PhD-student in the field.



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Our MSc in Clinical Immunology will give you an advanced understanding of the principles and mechanisms of the immune system and immune responses in the context of infection, malignancy and immunological disorders. Read more

Our MSc in Clinical Immunology will give you an advanced understanding of the principles and mechanisms of the immune system and immune responses in the context of infection, malignancy and immunological disorders.

You will also gain insight into a specialist area of laboratory medicine from clinical leaders and researchers at the forefront of immunology.

This course comprises six course units spanning the field of clinical immunology, with teaching being delivered on both campus and hospital sites by more than 40 individual contributors.

Course content includes:

  • basic and advanced immunology;
  • immune deficiency;
  • hypersensitivity;
  • haematological malignancy;
  • autoimmunity.

The course will also enable you to develop critical and experimental research skills relevant to the field through practical research masterclasses, a focused research proposal and a research project.

You will learn about assays and techniques employed in research and clinical laboratories to develop your technical understanding and clinical interpretation of results.

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 course is ideal for you.

Aims

This course aims to give you:

  • an advanced understanding and applied knowledge in the theory and practice of clinical immunology;
  • a critical understanding of how immunological investigations are employed to develop a clinical diagnosis;
  • the necessary transferable and research skills to promote lifelong learning and career development.

Special features

Inter-professional learning

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

Flexible part-time option

If you have other commitments, our part-time option allows you to study each unit in two-week blocks spread over two years, giving you the flexibility you need.

CPD units available

Individual units from this MSc can be taken as standalone courses for continuing professional development .

Teaching and learning

Academic teaching is delivered by specialist immunologists who are leaders in their field, affiliated withManchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research and Manchester Immunology Group .

Clinical teaching is delivered by experts from across the UK, including University Hospital South Manchester Allergy Centre, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Cambridge Immunology Network, Institute of Child Health UCL and the CRUK Manchester Institute.

We aim to provide a range of teaching and learning methodologies including lectures, tutorials, workshops, problem-based learning exercises and hands on practical sessions. There are also opportunities to observe patient consultations and interact with patient representatives throughout the course.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Key academic staff

  • Dr Anthony Rowbottom - Clinical Lead (Consultant Immunologist, Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire)
  • Dr Joanne Pennock - Academic Lead (Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine Biology and Health, The University of Manchester)

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using a range of formative and summative assessments, such as multiple choice, short answer and essay questions, written or creative assignments, and oral presentations.

The assessments will be constructed to assess your knowledge and understanding while at the same time refining and expanding your intellectual and transferable skills.

Course unit details

You will be required to complete 120 credits (90 credits taught and a 30-credit research proposal and literature report) to obtain a PGDip.

To receive an MSc, a you must combine the 90 credits of taught units with a 30-credit research proposal and a 60-credit research project and dissertation.

The 90-credit taught component of the MSc/PGDip consists of:

  • Introduction to Clinical Immunology (15 credits)
  • Subject-specific units (2 x 30 credits) : Each of these units provides you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a given area of clinical immunology and an introduction to research methods.
  • Research Skills Masterclasses (15 credits)
  • Research Proposal (30 credits, for PGDip)
  • Research Project and Dissertation (60 credits, for MSc)

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course come away with scientific knowledge and diverse transferable skills that are highly sought after by scientific companies within the private sector.

You will also be equipped to work in clinical laboratories within the NHS or pursue a career in research by undertaking a PhD.

The specialist nature of the course would also benefit students with a medical background who want to enhance their knowledge of immunology for future career advancement.



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This course combines theoretical knowledge and practical training in the immunology of infectious diseases through comprehensive teaching and research methods. Read more
This course combines theoretical knowledge and practical training in the immunology of infectious diseases through comprehensive teaching and research methods. Students will gain specialised skills in applying scientific concepts, evaluating scientific data and carrying out modern immunological techniques. Students will benefit from the unique mix of immunology, vaccinology, molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, mycology and clinical medicine at the School.

Infectious diseases represent an increasingly important cause of human morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Vaccine development is thus of great importance in terms of global health. In parallel with this growth, there has been a dramatic increase in studies to identify the innate, humoral or cellular immunological mechanisms which confer immunity to pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. As a result, increasing numbers of scientists, clinicians and veterinarians wish to develop their knowledge and skills in these areas.

The flexible nature of the course allows students to focus on attaining a broader understanding of infectious disease through attending taught units. Students can also undertake an extended research project within groups led by experienced team leaders. Such projects can involve basic investigations of immune mechanisms or applied field based studies.

Graduates from this course go into research positions in academia and industry, and further training such as PhD study.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/edu/qualityassurance/iid_progspec.pdf)
- Intercalating this course (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/intercalate)

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msiid.html

Objectives

By the end of this course students should be able to:

- demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of host immunity to infection against the diverse range of pathogens which confront human populations

- apply this specialist knowledge to a range of practical skills and techniques, in particular modern molecular and cellular techniques for assessing immune responses to pathogens

- critically assess, select and apply appropriate research methods to investigate basic immunological mechanisms and applied issues in the immunology of infection

- critically evaluate primary scientific data and the published scientific literature

- integrate and present key immunological concepts at an advanced level, both verbally and in written form

Structure

Term 1:
There is a one-week orientation period that includes an introduction to studying at the School, sessions on key computing and study skills and an introduction to major groups of pathogens, followed by two compulsory modules:

- Immunology of Infectious Diseases
- Analysis & Design of Research Studies

Sessions on basic computing, molecular biology and statistics are run throughout the term for all students.

Terms 2 and 3:
Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Course Directors.

*Recommended modules

- Slot 1:
Advanced Immunology 1 (compulsory)

- Slot 2:
Advanced Immunology 2 (compulsory)

- Slot 3:
Advanced Training in Molecular Biology*
Clinical Immunology*
Extended Project*
Basic Parasitology
Clinical Infectious Diseases 3: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries

- Slot 4:
Extended Project*
Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Principles*
Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications*
Clinical Infectious Diseases 4: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine
Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases
Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights
Genetic Epidemiology

- Slot 5:
AIDS*
Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*
Extended Project*
Molecular Cell Biology & Infection*
Mycology*

Further details for the course modules - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/currentstudents/studentinformation/msc_module_handbook/section2_coursedescriptions/tiid.html

Residential Field Trip

Towards the end of Term 1, students get the opportunity to hear about the latest, most exciting aspects of immunological research at the British Society of Immunology Congress. The cost is included in the £500 field trip fee.

Project Report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project on an immunological subject, for submission by early September. Some of these projects may take place with collaborating scientists overseas or in other colleges or institutes in the UK. Students undertaking projects overseas will require additional funding of up to £1,500 to cover costs involved.

The majority of students who undertake projects abroad receive financial support for flights from the School's trust funds set up for this purpose.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msiid.html#sixth

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The language and concepts of infection and immunity, from basic science to translational clinical research, are taught by our world-class investigators. Read more

The language and concepts of infection and immunity, from basic science to translational clinical research, are taught by our world-class investigators. The programme emphasises data interpretation, critical analysis of current literature and culminates in a full-time research project: excellent preparation for a research career.

About this degree

The programme provides insight into state-of-the-art infection and immunity research, current issues in the biology of infectious agents, the pathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, and immunity and immune dysfunction. 

Students learn from UCL scientists about their research and are trained in the art of research by carrying out a full-time research project in a UCL laboratory.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising four core modules and four optional modules (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time, flexible study two to five years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits, full-time three months, and flexible study up to two years) is offered.

Core modules

  • Laboratory Introduction to Basic Bacteriology
  • Molecular Virology
  • Immunology in Health and Disease
  • Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Data Interpretation

Optional modules

  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Tropical Microbiology
  • Advanced Virology
  • HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinic
  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
  • Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Global Health Policy
  • Global eradication of viruses

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake independent research which culminates in a 4,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, paper review sessions, laboratory practicals, an independent research project and self-directed learning. A diverse range of assessment methods is used; coursework may be in the form of presentations, essays, data interpretation exercises, poster preparation, and group working. Many modules also have unseen written examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Infection and Immunity MSc

Careers

The programme produces graduates who are equipped to embark on research careers. Immersion in the superb research and teaching environment provided by UCL and the Division of Infection & Immunity, gives our graduates a unique understanding of the cutting edge of infection and immunity research and how world-class research is carried out. 

Opportunities for networking with UCL senior investigators with international reputations and their worldwide collaborators can provide the inside track for career development. Graduates are well placed to move onto PhD programmes, research positions in diverse biomedical fields, clinical research positions, further training and positions in associated professions.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • PhD Student, Universitホ catholique de Louvain
  • Research Assistant, Imperial College London
  • Research Assistant, UCL
  • PhD in Molecular Immunology, UCL

Employability

Graduates are exceptionally well prepared for a career in research. The combination of research-informed teaching and practical research training provides an ideal preparation for a PhD and is equally applicable for clinicians seeking specialist training or wishing to pursue the clinical academic career track.

More broadly, a rigorous grounding in scientific method, critical analysis, data interpretation and independent thinking provides a pallet of marketable and transferable skills applicable to many professional career paths.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Division of Infection & Immunity is a vibrant and world-class research community. Students are embedded in this superb training environment which provides a challenging and stimulating academic experience. 

Programme content reflects the research and clinical excellence within the division as well as cross-disciplinary research from all over UCL. First-class teaching and research supervision is provided by UCL academics, many of whom have international reputations.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Infection & Immunity

80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The Infection Sciences MSc is for biomedical scientists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who wish to undertake flexible, part-time study towards a masters qualification in their specialist area of clinical pathology. Read more
The Infection Sciences MSc is for biomedical scientists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who wish to undertake flexible, part-time study towards a masters qualification in their specialist area of clinical pathology.

Designed to complement the professional qualifications of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the course allows you to expand your knowledge and skills in diagnostic laboratory medicine, learn to apply these skills to clinical diagnosis, laboratory management and research, and to develop as a reflective practitioner, all within the context of the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) initiative.

You will take specialist modules in infection sciences, exploring the theoretical, applied and professional aspects of medical microbiology. You will also engage in a large amount of work-related learning and gain support from clinical practitioners.

The course has been developed in consultation with senior managers, laboratory managers and training staff from the NHS biomedical science profession.

Course structure

You attend university for a maximum of one day per week. A typical week consists of six hours of teaching contact through lectures, seminars and workshops, and six hours of student-centered learning through directed reading and assessment preparation.

Assessment methods vary between modules, but all of them have a significant coursework component, which involves case-studies, essays, presentations and reflective evaluation. Some modules have examination components such as interim tests and end of module exams.

The course has been designed to fit in with a variety of personal and professional circumstances. You can take the infection sciences modules alone for the PGCert, additional modules for the PGDip or complete a research project as well for the full MSc qualification.

The MSc qualification is normally achieved after three years of part-time study.

Areas of study

Students following the full MSc programme take:

•two infection sciences modules: exploring theoretical, applied and professional aspects of medical microbiology
•two modules that focus on the professional area of practice and work based learning to deepen your knowledge of biomedical science. These modules are only available to part-time students who are employed in clinical pathology departments
•applied molecular biology modules.
•service delivery in clinical pathology modules.
•a special topic option: you can select a topic from a range available in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences; examples include diabetes, biomedical statistics, and oxidative stress and human disease
research methods module: you will focus on research methods and project design. This module includes preparation for the research project
•a laboratory-based research project: so you can explore the discipline of blood sciences in depth. The project is based on a topic within blood sciences and includes work conducted in the clinical pathology laboratory workplace.

You will study some of the listed modules with students from the Cellular Sciences MSc and the Blood Sciences MSc, allowing for a multidisciplinary environment where different perspectives on clinical pathology can be shared.

Modules:

Clinical Microbiology
Infection Control and Public Health in Infection Sciences
Seminars in Infection Sciences
Applied Molecular Biology
Service Delivery in Clinical Pathology
Advance Professional Practice in Clinical Pathology
Research Methods
Research Project

Options include:

Diabetes
Oxidative Stress and Human Disease
Pharmacogenomics
Advanced Instrumental Analysis
Biomedical Statistics
Clinical and Applied Immunology

Careers and Employability

The Infection Sciences MSc contains both professional elements and discipline-specific content, and is therefore a suitable part of training and development for the role of a band 7 healthcare scientist.

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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 recognised centre of excellence.
  • You will have opportunities to work together with scientists, clinicians and pharmaceutical industry scientists on research and drug discovery to drive improvements in patient care in areas of critical international importance.
  • You will attend the 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.
  • 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 ARUK 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. 

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 compulsory courses and two chosen from a series of options.

The PgCert programme consists of 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. Our graduates have gone on to take up careers/routes in

  • PhD study
  • pharmaceutical industry research and development
  • research technologist
  • graduate research assistant 
  • healthcare scientist
  • scientific publishing
  • scientific management.


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The MSc course in Microbiology and Immunology was set up to enhance the training of scientists studying the interactions between microbes and the immune system, and for those students wishing to enter a research career and gain high level skills in Microbiology and Immunology. Read more
The MSc course in Microbiology and Immunology was set up to enhance the training of scientists studying the interactions between microbes and the immune system, and for those students wishing to enter a research career and gain high level skills in Microbiology and Immunology.

The course aims to provide training in theoretical and practical aspects of microbiology and immunology, with particular emphasis on molecular biological techniques and the interactions at the interface between microbes and the immune system. Students will gain basic and advanced knowledge of important viral, bacterial and parasitic infections. Alongside this, students will acquire an understanding and knowledge of the immune system and how it detects and responds to pathogens.

Students who have completed the course will acquire relevant transferable skills such as data management, interpretation and presentation, time management and organisation, and effective verbal and written communication skills. In addition, the students' ability for analytical and creative thinking will also be improved whilst undertaking the course.

The MSc will consist of seven taught modules and a laboratory-based project. Successful completion of the course will necessitate accumulation of 180 credits, 120 of which will derive from the taught modules and 60 from the research project. All of the modules are compulsory. There is an additional non-credit bearing module to provide the students with factfinding networking opportunities with each other and the staff alongside navigation of teaching facilities.

Autumn Semester:

Microbiology and Immunology General Sessions
Introduction to Medical Microbiology
Research Methods in Immunology and Microbiology
Viral Pathogenesis and Infections

Spring Semester:

Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection
Immunity and the Immune System
Therapeutic Immunology
Innate Immune Recognition
Research Project

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The need to develop new strategies to combat diseases remains a major global challenge. This degree aims to enhance your employability and prepare you to tackle this challenge. Read more

The need to develop new strategies to combat diseases remains a major global challenge. This degree aims to enhance your employability and prepare you to tackle this challenge.

We’ll give you advanced training in the mechanisms underpinning a spectrum of infectious and non-infectious diseases, including viral, bacterial and parasitic infections, cancer, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease and chromosomal abnormalities. You’ll also explore current and emerging diagnostic and treatment strategies.

You’ll learn about the latest molecular, genetic and cellular approaches being used to understand, diagnose and treat human disease, including traditional methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and novel methods involving genome and proteome analysis.

You’ll also have the opportunity to investigate the role of the immune system in the response to infection and disease, covering topics such as innate and adaptive immunity, allergy and immune evasion.

If you choose to study at Leeds, you’ll join a faculty ranked 6th in the UK for its research impact in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), and you’ll graduate with the solid base of scientific knowledge and specialist skills highly valued by employers.

Course content

On this course you’ll gain an overview of a range of modern techniques and methodologies that underpin contemporary biomolecular sciences. You’ll investigate five topic areas: molecular biology, structural biology, cell imaging and flow cytometry, high throughput techniques and transgenic organisms.

You’ll also apply your knowledge to an extended practical investigation in the form of a laboratory-based project, involving practical training in a range of modern molecular biology and protein engineering techniques such as gene cloning, PCR, mutagenesis, protein expression, protein purification and analysis.

To help you to develop and specialise, you’ll get substantial subject-specific training through an independent research project in an area of infection, immunity or human disease.

You’ll also take specialist taught modules covering topics such as infectious and non-infectious disease, advanced immunology, medical diagnostics and treatment of infectious diseases and cancer.

If you have previous experience of immunology, you could opt to investigate the structure, regulation and development of the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, or explore aspects of human toxicology. These could include the actions of toxicants on the cardiovascular, immune and nervous systems, kidneys, liver and lungs, genetic toxicology and chemical carcinogenesis, and the effects of chemicals on fetal development.

In the final part of the course you'll work on an independent laboratory-based research project related to your course options. You’ll receive extensive training in experimental design, the practical use of advanced techniques and technologies, data analysis and interpretation, and will be assigned a research project supervisor who will support and guide you through your project.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Immunology 10 credits
  • Infectious & Non-infectious Diseases 10 credits
  • Practical Bioinformatics 10 credits
  • Medical Diagnostics 10 credits
  • MSc Bioscience Research Project Proposal 5 credits
  • Treatment of Infectious Disease and Cancer 10 credits
  • Research Planning and Scientific Communication 10 credits
  • Advanced Biomolecular Technologies 20 credits
  • Protein Engineering Laboratory Project 15 credits
  • Bioscience MSc Research Project 80 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Infection, Immunity and Human Disease MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Your learning will be heavily influenced by the University’s world-class research as well as our strong links with highly qualified professionals from industry, non-governmental organisations and charities.

You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including formal lectures, interactive workshops, problem-solving, practical classes and demonstrations.

Through your research project and specialist modules, you’ll receive substantial subject-specific training. Our teaching and assessment methods are designed to develop you into a scientist who is able to think independently, solve problems, communicate effectively and demonstrate a high level of practical ability.

Assessment

We use a variety of assessment methods: multiple-choice testing, practical work, data handling and problem solving exercises, group work, discussion groups (face-to-face and online), computer-based simulation, essays, posters and oral presentations.

Career opportunities

The strong research element of the Infection, Immunity and Human Disease MSc, along with the specialist and generic skills you develop, mean you’ll graduate equipped for a wide range of careers.

Our graduates work in a diverse range of areas, ranging from bioscience-related research through to scientific publication, teacher training, health and safety and pharmaceutical market research.

Links with industry

We have a proactive Industrial Advisory Board who advise us on what they look for in graduates and on employability-related skills within our programmes.

We collaborate with a wide range of organisations in the public and commercial sectors. Many of these are represented on our Industrial Advisory Board. They include:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ernst and Young
  • The Food and Environment Research Agency
  • The Health Protection Agency
  • MedImmune
  • Thermofisher Scientific
  • Hays Life Sciences
  • European Bioinformatics Institute
  • Smaller University spin-out companies, such as Lumora

Industrial research placements

Some of our partners offer MSc research projects in their organisations, allowing students to develop their commercial awareness and build their network of contacts.

Professional and career development

We take personal and career development very seriously. We have a proactive Industrial Advisory Board who advises us on what they look for in graduates and on employability related skills within our courses.

Our dedicated Employability and Professional Development Officer ensures that you are aware of events and opportunities to increase your employability. In addition, our Masters Career Development Programme will support you to:

  • explore career options and career planning
  • understand the PhD application process and optimise PhD application
  • learn how to use LinkedIn and other social media for effective networking and career opportunities
  • practice interviews for both job and PhD applications.


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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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Programme description. This new three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID). Read more

Programme description

This new three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID).

Aimed at junior doctors currently undergoing, or about to undertake, specialty training in an infection discipline, this programme is open to trainees in the UK and worldwide.

This degree will also be attractive to those who have completed their training but wish to fulfill continuing medical education requirements or those who wish obtain a formal qualification in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

The programme is aligned with JRCPTB and RCPath training in infection disciplines: Combined Infection Training and Higher Specialty Training in Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology.

This programme is designed to support trainees/specialists in preparation for FRCPath Part 1/Diploma in Infection, Infection Specialty end of training assessments and hospital-based practice.

Programme participants will have access to key texts and research bases and will have direct contact with leading clinicians and clinical scientists, providing a repository of information on infection disciplines that can be accessed at any time.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

This programme is taught entirely online. The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of trainees and specialist practitioners from all over the world.

Courses are offered as five week courses, each worth 10 credits. Courses in Year 1 are compulsory. Year 2 is a mix of compulsory and optional modules.

Year 1:

  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Science and biology of bacteria
  • Science and biology of viruses
  • Science and biology fungi, parasites and prions
  • Laboratory practise in microbiology, virology and serology
  • Anti-infective therapy and resistance

Year 2:

  • Immunopathology
  • Molecular diagnostics of infection
  • Community acquired infections and public health
  • Infection prevention & control
  • HIV infection and other immune-compromised patients
  • Clinical syndromes and infection
  • The returning traveller: Diagnosis, investigation and management of imported infection
  • Bioinformatics and study design in infectious diseases
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases

Year 3:

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Please contact the programme team for more information about available courses and course start dates.

Flexible study

The programme also offers the opportunity to take a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), either part-time over 9 months or on an intermittent basis over 2 years; or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), either part-time over 21 months or on an intermittent basis over 4 years.

Please contact us before submitting an application if you are interested in applying to the Certificate or Diploma programme.

Career opportunities

This unique programme will offer the student the knowledge and skills required to enhance their career progression in clinical or academic medicine. The programme will offer an alternative to traditional classroom based research training for those candidates who do not wish to take time away from their professional commitments.



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Course Aims. The MSc course is designed to integrate current cutting-edge research knowledge and expertise in important infectious diseases and their relationship to the immune system. Read more
Course Aims
The MSc course is designed to integrate current cutting-edge research knowledge and expertise in important infectious diseases and their relationship to the immune system. The course is carefully integrated and combines up-to-date practical and theoreticalteaching methods to prepare students for careers in medicine, postgraduate research and opportunities in the bio-pharmaceutical industry.

Course Modules
In semester 1, students acquire and apply knowledge in three modules. These are Core Theory & Practical Techniques, Infection & Immunity, and a more specialised interactive module entitled Advanced Topics in Infection and Immunity, all taught by research-active lecturers of international standing. Students participate in a set of practicals generic to all MSc students in the School of Biological Sciences at the University. In addition special microbiology and immunology practicals cover techniques relevant to the research projects. The research project is conducted during semester 2 under supervision of a member of staff of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, andis submitted as a research dissertation at the end of the project. The research project is chosen by the students at the end of semester one.

Teaching and Assessment methods
The course caters for different student learning styles by offering a variety of teaching (formal lectures, practicals, tutorials and student presentations) and assessment modes (written, oral, practical, MCQ).

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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/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

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

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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The Global Health, Infection and Immunity MSc is designed for students interested in immunology, especially the role of the immune system in protection against infection. Read more
The Global Health, Infection and Immunity MSc is designed for students interested in immunology, especially the role of the immune system in protection against infection.

Highlights

- Flexible structure for the MSc Global Health suite allows you to select a specialism of your choice.
- Excellent academic connections for potential placements in London and overseas.
- Students from a range of backgrounds creating a diverse learning community where knowledge is shared across disciplines.
- Enjoy working with other students, researchers and clinicians as part of a small, close-knit team, with all the advantages that brings for personal networking and development.

Core Modules

- Global Health for Governance for Health
- Infection and Immunity
- MSc Research Project

Optional Modules

- Antimicrobial Resistance
- Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine
- Global Health Diseases
- Global Health, Ethics and Law
- Culture and Mental Health
- Global Health and Comparative Health Systems
- Global Health Humanities
- Humanitarian Action and Ethics

Careers

The breadth of experience that you will gain on the course will place you in prime position to make impactful change relating to your area of interest. You will have the skills to go on to work as global health practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers in both government and private sectors, as well as national and international agencies.

Application

Apply at https://sgul.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-degrees-postgraduate/global-health-msc-infection-and-immunity/apply

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Infectious diseases are increasing in importance around the world as we see the rise in the incidence of antibiotic resistance and our MSc in Infection and Immunity is designed to provide an up-to-date advanced understanding of the interactions between bacterial, fungal and parasitic pathogens and their hosts. Read more
Infectious diseases are increasing in importance around the world as we see the rise in the incidence of antibiotic resistance and our MSc in Infection and Immunity is designed to provide an up-to-date advanced understanding of the interactions between bacterial, fungal and parasitic pathogens and their hosts.

Why Study Infection and Immunity with us?

You will receive training in the skills required in the reading and interpretation of the literature and translating that into evidencebased practice. We aim to develop your research and writing skills so that you will be in a position to contribute to the scientific literature in an effective manner.

The course culminates in the Research Dissertation, which will be assessed through your production of two publishable scientific articles.

The content of the course is mapped to The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board Speciality Training Curriculum for Immunology, and Speciality Training Curriculum for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine.

If biomedical or clinical research is your interest, successful completion of the MSc will allow you to directly register onto PhD study and join our team of researchers at the Institute of Medicine.

What will I learn?

Our course investigates the different types of infection, our immune response to them and various complications. You will review current guidelines and their evidence base in the therapeutic management of infections, and explore potential new therapies. You will also study vaccination protocols and explore novel immunological approaches.

Seminars and tutorials will be held with various healthcare professionals and clinical researchers.

How will I be taught?

Our course consists of taught modules and a Research Dissertation.

We deliver taught modules as three-day intensive courses to facilitate attendance from students in employment. Weekly support sessions and journal club supplement learning – all held in our modern facilities in Bache Hall on the Countess of Chester Hospital Campus.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via clinical reviews, laboratory reports, posters, oral presentations, or data manipulation exercises.

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This taught Masters prepares students for research and industry-based careers in biotechnology research and development. You will gain research experience and interdisciplinary training in state-of-the-art biomolecular and biochemical techniques. Read more
This taught Masters prepares students for research and industry-based careers in biotechnology research and development. You will gain research experience and interdisciplinary training in state-of-the-art biomolecular and biochemical techniques. The programme is based in the Department of Biology, which is one of the UK’s top- ranked biological sciences departments for research, teaching and impact. Staff in the Centre for Novel Agriculture Products (CNAP) and Centre for Immunology and Infection (CII) contribute teaching, and research opportunities.

Key features

-Integrated training in modern recombinant DNA, fermentation and bioreactor technology
-Develop the skills to support an research or industry -based career across any area of modern biotechnology.

Taught modules

-Industrial Biotechnology
-Data Analysis and Programming in the Biosciences
-Research, Professional and Team Skills
-Optional modules include: Biocatalysis, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Bioremediation.

Research projects

Independent study module carried out as a placement either within the University or as an external placement. Recent external placement destinations include MicroLab Devices, Leeds; Cancer Research UK, London; Computomics GmbH & Co, Tübingen; and Forsite Diagnostics Ltd, York.

Research and transferable skills

-Appreciate the role of science in industry, eg commerce, IP issues and ethics
-Data analysis, programming and professional skills modules.

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