Masters degrees in Immunology provide advanced study of how the immune system detects and responds to pathogens, including an analysis of humoral and cellular immunological mechanisms.
Popular specialisms include Infectious Disease, Inflammatory Disease and Immunotherapy. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Biology or Medicine.
Courses in this field train you for the application of immunology in a wide variety of contexts. You will examine topics such as host-pathogen interactions, parasitology, and vaccinology through practises in molecular biology, immunogenetics and genomics.
Practical training in experiment design, data collection and analysis, lab testing, and bioimaging is a key component. Academic consideration is also given to Immunology in relation to public and international health, as well as ethics and human rights.
Your experience will make you suitable for roles in the fields of clinical immunology, drug development, and pharmaceuticals, as well as scientific writing, charity work, consultancy and policy-making. If you would prefer a route in academia, then your Masters would provide excellent preparation for further study at PhD level.
Immunology is linked to our ability to remain healthy and free of disease - fighting off infections and disease and understanding our genetic factors and risk factors in inheriting disease. You look at behavioural factors and their links to disease to understand protection methods and you go into the detail of bioinformatics and genomics to understand DNA and analyse within practical research when you test for specific issues such as stress, hunger and so on and responses in the body.
The programme is designed for you to develop your academic knowledge of immunology and its relevance to disease with analysis and research skills designed to enhance your career prospects, or continue to PhD. You can use your training within educational establishments to apply training, work in patents, science outreach and public engagement.
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.
You may also be interested in the Scottish Innovation Centres research and enterprise work with companies in Scotland to find out more about the possibilities in this area of health science and spin-out research going on from Aberdeen and other universities: http://www.innovationcentres.scot/
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Current Topics in Immunology
Genome - Enabled Medicines
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