Immunology is the study of how the body defends itself against disease. Immunology advances understanding of the function of the immune system, thought of frequently in terms of defence against bacteria or viruses or parasites, but the immune system is also involved in the elimination of cancer and in processes like wound healing. Sometimes it is not fully effective and on other occasions it is misdirected into attacking the body's own tissue. This leads to diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or allergy - which are becoming more prevalent in the western world.
The MSci is a 5-year integrated Masters degree with entry into either 1st year (with Highers) or 2nd Year (with Advanced Highers or A-levels). The MSci is ideal for students who want to study the subject in depth and follow a career in research.
Years 1 and 2 of the MSci Degrees follow a common core structure, which includes Bioscience, Chemistry, Statistics, Infection and Immunity, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biological Chemistry, Physiology, Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism. There is a strong emphasis on practical laboratory skills and the development of generic skills such as scientific writing and problem-solving.
In Years 3 and 4 you will take specialist classes in Immunology and one other subject chosen from Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Microbiology. You will also undertake a substantial research project in Year 4 and present a dissertation of the work.
In Year 5, you will complete a substantial laboratory-based research project and write a thesis based on your experimental data. You will also study advanced research methods and critical analysis of scientific papers in Immunology.
Teaching and Assessment
You will have around 240 hours of lectures, tutorials and labs per year in Years 1-3. In the 4th year, you will carry out a research project and write this up as a short thesis. In the 5th year your research project will also be assessed by thesis. Other assessment methods include multiple-choice tests, computer quizzes, problem solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams.