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MSc Infection and Immunity

Course Description


Infectious diseases are increasing in importance around the world as we see the rise in the incidence of antibiotic resistance. The 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. Our discussions will include consideration of the most recent evidence in studies on mechanisms of molecular pathogenesis, virulence factors, host resistance or susceptibility, and the generation of innate and adaptive immune response.

The course aims to inform and equip the practitioner with the necessary skills to function in a modern clinical environment specialising in dealing with infectious disease and will be relevant to day-to-day NHS hospital practice and general practice.

Why study with us?

The programme will be developed to allow you to access most of the course material online – including online text, videos of lectures, and comments and assessments. Skill-oriented areas such as case discussions, and ethical discussions will be explored in teaching days.

You will join a team of clinical and medical researchers, where you will gain the opportunity to gain theoretical, clinical and laboratory-based skills. The research topic will be jointly run by the research team at the Institute of Medicine and the medical staff at one of our partner hospitals

The learning experience

This course investigates in detail the different types of infection and various complications. You will review current guidelines and their evidence base in the therapeutic management of infections and explore potential new therapies.

The programme is modular with six taught modules – each worth 20 credits. Our taught modules are delivered as three day intensive courses to facilitate attendance from students in employment, both nationwide and internationally. You will be assessed via coursework assignments, which may focus on clinical reviews, laboratory reports, posters or data manipulation exercises.

The Research Dissertation is assessed by the production of a substantial review paper and an academic research article suitable for publication in an appropriate research journal.

Visit the MSc Infection and Immunity page on the University of Chester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold an appropriate first degree with a minimum of 2:2 honours (e.g. in Medicine, Biomedical Science, Dietetics, Human Biology) or hold appropriate professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.Applications are invited from:• junior doctors• NHS staff• international students with appropriate qualifications• international doctors or healthcare professionals• those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Biomedical Science, Dietetics) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

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