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Masters Degrees in Immunology

We have 79 Masters Degrees in Immunology

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.

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The course will allow you to expand your understanding of immunology, immunopathology and immunotherapy, to further develop skills in analytical approaches to immunodiagnosis and molecular therapeutics, as well as enhance your competence in the design and execution of a laboratory based project. Read more

The course will allow you to expand your understanding of immunology, immunopathology and immunotherapy, to further develop skills in analytical approaches to immunodiagnosis and molecular therapeutics, as well as enhance your competence in the design and execution of a laboratory based project. You will be able to take a proactive role in research, development, evaluation and implementation of current immunological techniques while perceiving the subject in the broader perspective of health care and scientific progress.

The scope of the modules included will ensure a breadth of knowledge appropriate for the scientific and professional needs of practising immunologists, at the same time making use of your knowledge and experience. This course is designed so that you can plan your own taught programme to match your interests and experience by combining core and optional modules with emphasis on therapeutics, diagnostics, haematology or public health.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core modules

Option modules

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). 

Career path

The course has been designed to provide professionals with a broad range of skills in immunology, immunopathology and immunotherapy. Successful completion of the course will enhance your career prospects in education, in PhD programmes, in academia, research institutes, as well as in pharmaceutical and related industries. UK part-time students are normally employed in hospital or NHSBT laboratories or in research establishments.

You will develop a range of transferable skills that will enhance your employment prospects and research opportunities in the UK or overseas.

As an international student with experience in biomedical sciences, following completion of their studies, you will be able to return to your home country to pursue research opportunities or promotion, seek employment as research technician, biomedical scientist, scientific or medical technical officer or research assistant. You may also seek jobs in industry, research or healthcare or apply for further training (biomedical or clinical scientist routes).



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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) (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/files/iid_progspec.pdf)

- Intercalating this course (https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/ways-study/intercalating-study-masters-degree)

Visit the website https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/immunology-infectious-diseases

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 - https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/immunology-infectious-diseases#structure

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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Your programme of study. 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. Read more

Your programme of study

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 & Immunotherapy 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:

Courses listed for the programme

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

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You will be taught by world leading researchers in immunology and bioscience with practical training in Flow Cytometry analysis
  • You study at one of the largest health campuses in Europe with a teaching hospital, Medical School, and Institute of Medical Sciences plus Rowett Institute on one campus
  • The university ranked 9th in the world and 5th in Europe for international research collaboration (Leiden 2015)

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs



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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 MSc programme in Immunology provides students with knowledge in immunology in health and disease with advanced academics and laboratory research training in cellular and molecular immunology. Read more

The MSc programme in Immunology provides students with knowledge in immunology in health and disease with advanced academics and laboratory research training in cellular and molecular immunology. The programme has an emphasis on the interface between the basic and clinical aspects of the subject. Students take 3 core modules focusing on “Immunity in Health”, 1 core practical mini-research project (MRP) module and 1 core module covering “Immunity in Disease”. The students then complete a six month laboratory based research project (LBRP).

You will complete all of the below modules:

  • Innate Immunity in Health
  • Adaptive Immunity in Health
  • Mini Research Project (in teaching laboratories)
  • Immune Regulation
  • Immunity in Disease

The MSc in Immunology is a full-time (12 month) course, which starts in October. The course is organised as follows:

  • October – February: 5–month taught section (based at Hammersmith Campus)
  • March – September: 7–month laboratory-based research project (at any Imperial College campus, depending on the project)

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, graduates should be able to:

1.1. Identify major immune players and mechanisms in health,

1.2. Recognise failures of the immune system that can lead to disease,

1.3. Explain ways of manipulating the immune system to prevent or treat disease,

1.4. Identify the players and mechanisms triggered during the immune response in infectious disease,

1.5. Plan and organise a sound experimental approach,

1.6. Explain the most prominent immunological techniques.

Assessment

Student's can expect to be assessed through a variety of ways including examinations, data interpretation exercises, written coursework, research paper critique and viva voce.

Careers

The MSc Immunology course provides excellent training for graduates intending to pursue a career in scientific research. A high proportion of graduates proceeds to PhD study, or, if medically qualified, to clinical practice or research.

As well as scientific training, the course expands students' repertoire of transferable skills, allowing them to enter a variety of non-scientific careers including finance, management and various types of consultancy.



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Help improve human health. Prepare for a career researching and developing new clinical treatments such as vaccines and drug therapies, or take your skills into health policy or management. Read more

Help improve human health. Prepare for a career researching and developing new clinical treatments such as vaccines and drug therapies, or take your skills into health policy or management.

You'll study advanced immunological theory and techniques and train in clinical trial design and practice. Develop your oral and written communication skills while you study and produce a research paper intended for publication.

The Master of Clinical Immunology (MClinIm) is taught in collaboration with the highly regarded Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, the largest private medical research institute in New Zealand. You'll also learn from practising clinicians from the local district health boards, the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand and other research institutions.

You'll complete your MClinIm in one calendar year over three trimesters.

Workplace and research experience

You can choose to complete either your own research project or a work experience practicum. Both will give you the opportunity to be placed in a clinical or research environment to gain relevant experience. You might work or carry out research in a hospital, research institute or other medical organisation.

You'll graduate with the skills you need to assess, analyse and undertake clinical research in immunology in real-world settings.

What you'll study

In your first trimester you'll complete three core courses introducing you to clinical research, experimental trial design and clinical immunology. In the second trimester you'll study two more core courses and do your research project or practicum, or choose other elective courses.

If you achieve a B average or better, you'll be able to go on to study the two final courses in your last trimester. These will advance your clinical immunology knowledge and science communication skills, and you'll complete an individually mentored research proposal.

If you successfully complete the first part of the programme but for whatever reason are unable to complete the second, you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Science.

Workload

If you are studying full time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. It is possible to study part time, but you'll need to discuss this with the programme director. Part-time students doing one or two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

Careers

The MClinIm will prepare you for a range of senior roles in health research. You might work in a hospital, private research institute, diagnostic laboratory or pharmaceutical company, or for a government agency involved in health policy or delivery.



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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.  

Course details

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.

Learning and teaching

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

This programme is delivered via teaching from Monday to Friday approximately 9am-5.00pm, with only a few hours of direct face-to-face contact each day to allow time for independent learning. During the first part of the research project you will have a single day of taught element modules, with the remaining days carrying out their research. Once the taught modules have been completed the project will be full-time.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Employability

Students who complete this MSc programme will have an in-depth up-to-date knowledge of this rapidly advancing field and will have developed the key skills required to either pursue a PhD in these areas or significantly improve their employability for the biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industrial sectors.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website



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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 Immunology Graduate program provides state-of-the-art training in immunological research at the University of Calgary. Our graduate program is associated with the Immunology Research Group (IRG) with members from various basic science and clinical departments across the Cumming School of Medicine and Department of Biological Sciences.

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Why this course?. 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

Why this course?

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.

Learning & teaching

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

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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Overview. This programme represents an innovative development in higher degree options in the biological sciences. Read more

Overview

This programme represents an innovative development in higher degree options in the biological sciences. It is targeted at biological and health science graduates who are interested in the major challenges in health and development today and who wish to broaden their understanding of immunology, its importance in global health and the factors that impact on immunological intervention strategies in health and disease. An important component of the course covers emerging and reemerging diseases including diseases of poverty

Course Structure

The programme will be delivered as 12 taught modules and a lab-based research project. The taught modules include fundamental, clinical and applied immunology, global health and diseases of poverty, epidemiology, medical geography, systems biology, clinical trials, patenting, licensing and bioethics. Each module includes tutorial and/or practical sessions that complement and expand on the lecture content. A series of weekly workshops and seminars will cover important aspects of postgraduate study, including study skills, grant and report writing, scientific writing etc.

Duration: 1 year Full-time



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The Microbiology and Immunology programme involves immune cells, bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Students can investigate the ecology, evolution and environments of micro-organisms, the diseases they cause, the microbiome and its influence on the immune system and our health, immunity and disease. Read more

The Microbiology and Immunology programme involves immune cells, bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Students can investigate the ecology, evolution and environments of micro-organisms, the diseases they cause, the microbiome and its influence on the immune system and our health, immunity and disease. We are seeking solutions to the problem of antibiotic resistance; designing new, combination drug therapies; using microbial engineering in industrial processing and environmental remediation; determining how our immune system can best protect us against infection and cancer; using this information to design new immunotherapies and treatments for inflammation and auto-immune diseases. Our projects span population and systems biology and ecology, organism behavior and function, cell interactions and molecular mechanisms, and our students graduate with extensive training in analytical thinking, creative innovation and effective communication. Degrees in our programme accelerate students in a great variety of careers in industry, academia, non-for-profit organisations and the business world.

What makes the program unique?

Microbiology has been an integral part of UBC since the university's inception in 1915. Our program is a strong and collaborative community of microbiologists, immunologists, biochemists and cell biologists, based at UBC and affiliated hospitals. We promote fundamental and translational research and we enjoy strong connections to clinical colleagues across Canada. Many of our students are located in the Life Sciences Institute, a world-class collection of scientists with facilities including advanced flow cytometry, microscopy and imaging, together with the Facility for Infectious Disease and Epidemic Research, the Advanced Structural Biology for Re-emerging Infectious Diseases group, and the Genome Sciences Centre. We work closely with the Centres for Drug Research and Development and for High-Throughput Biology, emphasising commercialisation and entrepreneurship. We have 90 MSc and PhD students currently enrolled in our program and have an excellent track record in mentoring and training. We are proud of the many and diverse successes of our alumni.

Career options

Our MSc graduates excel at jobs that require attention to detail, critical thinking, scientific translation and interpretation skills. Recent graduates have successfully moved into the private sector, working in forensics for the RCMP, managing natural resources and managing people at city municipalities, training technical experts in hospitals and universities. Many continue their education, entering professional schools in programs such as Dentistry, Pharmacology, Medicine and Law. An M&I MSc is an excellent platform for advancing to a PhD within UBC or anywhere in the world.



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The area of cancer immunotherapy considers how to use conventional therapies including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Read more
The area of cancer immunotherapy considers how to use conventional therapies including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Whilst these treatment have served well and new drugs will continue to be designed, clinical trials over the last five years have shown that boosting the body’s immune system, whose main task is to deal with invading pathogens, can help our immune system to destroy tumour cells. Many of the new immunotherapies may be tested in combination with more conventional treatments or tested alone, but investigators and oncologists now believe immunotherapy, initially combined with pharmacological treatments, will soon provide curative therapies and certainly give many patients a new lease of life.

More about this course

Worldwide the incidence of cancer is increasing, and is expected to reach 22 million new cases per year by 2030. In addition to treatments such as radiotherapy and surgery, chemotherapy has a vital role to play in prolonging the lives of patients.

The aims of the Cancer Immunotherapy MSc are to:
-Provide an in-depth understanding of the molecular targets at which the different classes of anticancer drugs are aimed, and of how drug therapies are evolving
-Review the biology of cancer with respect to genetics, pathological considerations, and the molecular changes within cells which are associated with the progression of the disease
-Enhance intellectual and practical skills necessary for the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of scientific data
-Deliver a programme of advanced study to equip students for a future career in anti-cancer drug and immunotherapy development
-Cover new areas in immunotherapy (some of which may enhance existing pharmacological therapies including: History of immunotherapy and review of immune system; Monoclonal antibodies in cancer therapy and prevention; DNA vaccines against cancer; Adoptive T cell therapy; Dendritic cell vaccines; Antibodies that stimulate immunity; Adjuvant development for vaccines; Epigenetics and cancer: improving immunotherapy; Immuno-chemotherapy: integration of therapies; Exosomes and Microvesicles (EMVs) in cancer therapy and diagnosis; Dendritic cell vaccine development and Pox virus cancer vaccine vectors; Microbial causes of cancer and vaccination

Students will have access to highly qualified researchers and teachers in pharmacology and immunology, including those at the Cellular and Molecular Immunology Research Centre. Skills gained from research projects are therefore likely to be highly marketable in industry, academia and in the NHS. Students will be encouraged to join the British Society of Immunology and the International Society of Extracellular Vesicles.

Assessment is a combination of coursework, which includes tests and essays, the research project and its oral defence and examination.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Advanced Immunology (core, 20 credits)
-Cancer Immunotherapy (core, 20 credits)
-Cancer Pharmacology (core, 20 credits)
-Cancer: Diagnosis and Therapy (core, 20 credits)
-Molecular Oncology (core, 20 credits)
-Research Project (core, 60 credits)
-Scientific Frameworks for Research (core, 20 credits)

After the course

Students will have many opportunities to work in industry. There are established industries working hard to develop cancer immunotherapies including Bristol-Myers Squibbs, MERCK, AstraZeneca and Roche. There are also an innumerate number of start-up companies appearing including Omnis Pharma, UNUM Therapeutics and Alpine Immune Sciences.

Students will also have ample opportunity for future postgraduate study either within the School of Human Sciences and the Cellular and Molecular Immunology Centre at the MPhil/PhD level or beyond, even with some of our research partners within the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Research profile. This programme is organised by Edinburgh Infectious Diseases (EID), which is hosted by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the College of Science and Engineering. Read more

Research profile

This programme is organised by Edinburgh Infectious Diseases (EID), which is hosted by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the College of Science and Engineering.

It provides an introduction to research methodology for biologists, medics and veterinarians. The training also provides an entry into PhD studies. Previous students have undertaken projects in the following areas:

  • antibiotic resistance and hospital-acquired infections
  • arthropod vector biology and vectorborne diseases
  • epidemiology and mathematical modelling of animal and human infections
  • functional genomics and bioinformatics
  • molecular diagnosis and point-of-care detection of infectious diseases
  • the immunology of bacterial and parasitic infections (including major tropical diseases such as malaria, lymphatic filariasis and river blindness)
  • the immunology of ruminant infections (for example Johne's Disease)
  • the pathogenesis of prion and viral diseases (animal and human, including herpes and HIV)

The learning process includes a one-year research project and during the study period students will be required to attend research seminars and lectures, including those on the related areas of immunology, microbiology and pathology. Training will also be given in generic skills including: statistics; project management and planning; oral and written presentational skills.

Depending on the project selected, students will learn how to apply modern molecular and biochemical techniques to the investigation of pathogenesis of infections, or the use of statistics and mathematical models to study the epidemiology of diseases.

Programme structure

The learning process includes a one-year research project and during the study period students will be required to attend research seminars and lectures, including those on the related areas of immunology, microbiology and pathology. Training will also be given in generic skills including: statistics; project management and planning; oral and written presentational skills.



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