MSc Advanced Immunology

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Application deadline: 2 weeks before the start of semester 1
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time

Study with us

  • specialise in a fundamental research areas
  • develop a range of current and relevant laboratory skills
  • benefit from teaching by active researchers and practising clinical professionals
  • gain in-depth understand of the life sciences

 

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Why this course?

This course focuses on how the body defends itself against disease. Immunology helps us understand processes of viral, bacterial or parasitic infection and how the immune system is sometimes tricked into attacking its own tissue, leading to diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or allergy.

It will provide you with comprehensive postgraduate life sciences training including a broad range of practical laboratory skills. This is complemented by classes that develop your transferable skills in:

  • statistics 
  • presentations 
  • career development 
  • ethics 
  • science writing skills 
  • your ability to design experiments and analyse sophisticated datasets 

Our taught classes capture the excitement of cutting-edge research fields. You'll be taught by active researchers or practising clinical professionals.

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Course content

Generic Skills for Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Students
Refine your core skills in statistics, data presentation and career development while also learning about the ethical choices and dilemmas that you might face in your scientific careers.
Advanced Topics in Biomedical Research

A unique and innovative class designed with three outcomes in mind:

  • become an expert in the field that you'll study for your summer research project & learn how to write a review paper that aims to be publication quality
  • learn how a scientific research career really works from the experts & then write the outline of a hypothetical research grant application
  • enhance your teamwork on a virtual project to develop a hypothetical drug from high-content screen, through in vivo testing in models, to transcriptomics & human clinical trials & pharmacogenomics. You'll not only learn how to manage a project’s timelines & targets, but also enter the world of big data manipulation and analysis
Entrepreneurship

Find out from the experts what it takes to translate bright ideas in biomedical sciences into patents, business plans and spin-out companies.

Advanced Techniques in Biomedical Research 1 & 2

These two compulsory laboratory classes expose you to the key research skills relating to the biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology and immunology fields, help develop your skills in data analysis and report writing, and pave the way for a smooth transition into your Summer Research Project Advanced Topics in Biomedical Research.

Postgraduate Studies in Immunology

This class will cover various aspects of protective and pathological immune responses to infections with various pathogens. It will also address strategies for vaccination against these pathogens.

Viruses

  • The type of immune responses that occur against viral infections
  • Protective immunity to viruses
  • Immune response to HIV infection
  • Evasion of immune responses by viruses

Bacteria

  • Protective immune responses to bacteria (intra- and extracellular bacteria)
  • Evasion of immune responses by bacteria
  • Pathological responses to bacteria

Parasites

  • Immune responses to protozoan parasites (malaria, Cryptosporidia, Leishmania, Toxoplasma)
  • Immune responses to helminth infections (gut nematodes, filarial nematodes, Schistosomes, liver fluke)
  • Immunomodulation by parasitic worms

Vaccination

  • Immune responses induced by vaccination
  • Vaccination by different routes, use of whole organisms
  • Role of adjuvants in vaccination
  • Role of molecular techniques in producing vaccines
Research project

Choose from a selection of project topics in Semester 1, engage with your supervisor to plan the work, and then enter the laboratory at the end of May.

In Vivo Biology
This is one of three optional practical classes offered. Gain real practical experience in the safe and ethical application of in vivo research by being trained to Home Office Personal License standard. Discover how in vivo biology has driven the development and testing of new drugs and medical techniques that save and improve human lives.
Drug Discovery
This is one of three optional practical classes offered. The pathway from pathology or biological pathway to small molecule drug candidate is explored in this unique class. Become familiar with the modern laboratory assays and screening approaches used by Big Pharma to develop their blockbuster drugs.
Postgraduate Studies in Haematology
In this elective class students will explore the science and regulation of blood and blood products within the National Health Service. Study material includes immunodiagnostics, immunohaematology and transfusions, and immunopharmacology. Learning will be achieved through lectures, tutorials and workshops – many of which are delivered by expert clinicians from the National Health Service.
Postgraduate Studies in Applied Immunology

The aims of this class are:

  • To give students an understanding immunotherapy in disease
  • To give students an understanding of the production of immunological reagents
  • To give students an understanding of the use of immunological assays
  • To give students an understanding of vaccination strategies
Postgraduate Studies in Clinical Immunology

The aims of this class are:

  • To give students an understanding of the immune responses associated with Immune responses associated with transplantation
  • To give student an understanding of the immune responses associated with cancer
  • To give student an understanding of the immune responses associated with autoimmunity
  • To give student an understanding of the immune responses associated with immune responses associated with allergy
  • To give student an understanding of the immune responses associated with immunodeficiency
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Course structure

You'll have two semesters of postgraduate laboratories. You'll attend short optional classes in:

  • in vivo biology 
  • drug discovery 
  • haematology 

You'll also attend a compulsory Immunology class together with a choice of either Clinical Immunology or Applied Immunology.

Finally, you'll undertake a summer project in an active research laboratory.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions.

If you successfully complete the required taught classes you may undertake a laboratory project for the MSc.

Assessment

Assessment of taught classes is through multiple choice tests, computer quizzes, problem solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams. The laboratory project is assessed through a written thesis.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Minimum second-class Honours degree or overseas equivalent, in a biological or chemical discipline.

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.0. Please see ELTD for full details.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests other than IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests here.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

£8,100

Rest of UK

£8,100

International

£20,350

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Careers

This course is the perfect route to future training at PhD level. It also gives you a range of skills and experience that employers from industry or in health care are looking for.

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Advanced Immunology

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Advanced Immunology

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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PGT Admissions Team

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3623

Email: science-masters@strath.ac.uk