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Masters degrees in Serology provide advanced postgraduate training in the study of serum (blood plasma) and other bodily fluids. An analysis of antibodies formed against infection - including responses to microorganisms, foreign proteins, or a host’s own proteins - is also a component, alongside study of reactions to substances.
Related topics and postgraduate specialisms include Clinical Microbiology, Cell Biology and other branches of Medical and Health Sciences.
You will be trained in the design and implementation of serological tests to analyse the immune system’s reactions to pathogens (such as fungi, bacteria, viruses, and parasites), as well as drugs and other substances.
Autoimmune responses are also a key component of most courses, with consideration given to autoimmunity and immunodeficiency disorders, inherited and acquired immunological disorders, and host reactions to the transplantation of organs and tissues.
Your experience would make you suitable for traditional roles such as clinical serology, epidemiology, and pharmaceuticals, alongside more specialised careers such as forensic serology or veterinary serology. You could also branch into public health and public relations, such as roles in consultancy or policy-making for government agencies, charities, and NGOs.
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This new three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID).
This is a research-based degree, providing you with essential training in scientific research methodology and data analysis, as well as specific scientific techniques appropriate to the research microbiologist.
The University of Edinburgh has been offering innovative online programmes to medical, veterinary and health-related professionals since 2005. Today we offer 49 online programmes to choose from and our portfolio is expanding all the time.
This unique postgraduate programme is aimed at junior doctors currently undergoing, or about to undertake, specialty training in an infection discipline and 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 fulfil continuing medical education requirements or obtain a formal qualification from the University of Edinburgh.