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MSc Immunology


Course Description

The course aims to confer on students an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of the cellular and molecular biological basis of the immune system.

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.

Staff teaching on this programme include members of the new Wellcome Trust Strategic Award in Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology. As a student on this programme, you will therefore be taught by staff that include leading medical microbiologists and medical geneticists as well as immunologists.

Courses which are included in this MSc programe are;

• Introduction to Immunology
• Current Topics in Immunology Research
• Applied Statistics
• Bioinformatics
• Introduction to Molecular Biology
• Immunogenetics
• Host-Pathogen Interactions
• Genome-enabled medicine
• Research tutorials in Immunology

Students on this MSc programme will have the opportunity to conduct an extended research project based in one of the labs in the Institute of Medical Sciences. Working in a world-class research facility alongside experienced researchers, you will carry out novel research in the Immunology area.

The programme is taught through a flexible mix of lectures and small group tutorials, practical computer workshops and research tutorials. The programme also involves an extended, hands-on laboratory-based research project, supervised by experienced academic staff. Taught courses are assessed by a combination of written assignments and reports and by examination. A dissertation on the research project is written in the form of a research paper. Candidates are usually required to attend an oral examination with the external examiner.

Many of the graduates from this programme have used their training directly to move into PhD level research within the Immunology field. More broadly, a wide spectrum of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies are increasingly using immunological approaches to develop novel products and therapeutics.

Visit the MSc Immunology page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!



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Prospective students should have, a good Honours degree (a second class degree (at least 60% or GPA 2.4/4) or equivalent qualification in Immunology, Medicine, Biomedical Science or a related degree from a recognised university.Applicants whose first language is not English should note that english language proficiency is required, more details can be found at View Website

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