Course Aims The MSc course is designed to integrate current cutting-edge research knowledge and expertise of important infectious diseases and their relationship to the immune system. The course is integrative and cohesive and will combine up-to-date practical and theoretical based teaching methods to prepare students for careers in medicine, postgraduate research and opportunities in the bio-pharmaceutical industry.
Course Modules In semester 1, students acquire and apply knowledge in a total of five modules. These are Introduction to Immunology, Introduction to Bacteriology and Parasitology, Data handling and statistics, Basic Molecular Techniques and a more specialist, interactive module entitled Advanced Topics in Infection and Immunity, all taught by research-active lecturers of international standing. Students participate in a set of practicals generic to all MSc students in the School of Biological Sciences at the University. Special immunology practicals cover immunological techniques as relevant to the research projects and receive assistance from postgraduate students from within the department. The research project will be conducted during semester 2 under supervision of a member of staff of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and will be summarised as part of a thesis. The topic area is chosen by the students at the end of semester one.
Teaching and Assessment methods The course caters for different student learning styles by offering a variety of teaching (formal lectures, practicals, tutorials and student presentations) and assessment modes (written, oral, practical, MCQ).