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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). Read more
You understand microbiology including adaptation, host-pathogen interactions and infection and disease processes. You learn with established and renowned international researchers and there are opportunities to learn and apply knowledge in practical situations. Read more
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. Read more
This course has been designed to respond to the increasing need for highly skilled microbiologists across a range of industries. You'll undertake the critical task of translating basic laboratory medical research into clinical and commercial applications. Read more
The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest providers of online postgraduate programmes in the UK’s Russell Group