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Immunology and Allergy MSc    Back

The University of Nottingham Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Location: Nottingham, United Kingdom Duration: Full time - 1 Year Fees/total cost: EUR 8,946.52 (GBP 6,630.00) - EUR 26,043.42 (GBP 19,300.00)



This course has been designed to provide you with training in the theoretical and practical aspects of modern immunology, with some emphasis on allergy. It is the only course of its kind in the UK.

It is particularly suitable for graduates in life sciences, biomedical sciences and allied subjects, as well as people who are already employed in related fields who wish to update their knowledge and gain valuable research experience.

As a postgraduate in the School of Life Sciences, you will work in an environment with a sound teaching and research base that is committed to providing cutting edge training in this field.

The programme continues to grow in stature and reputation, as it is repeatedly recognised for its excellence, relevance and innovation within the study of Immunology.

Key facts

  • This is a unique course within the UK, offering postgraduate immunology training that also encompasses allergy.
  • The research carried out within Immunology is recognised at an international level, and Allergy Research was rated 5* during the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.
  • The latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed The University of Nottingham's position as a world class research-led institution. Over 60% of the University's RAE scores identified research as being of a level of international excellence.
  • This achievement has helped put Nottingham in the world’s top 75 universities according to The Newsweek World University Rankings.

Course details

Through this course and the following modules, you will acquire the skills and advanced knowledge in immunology and allergy necessary to prepare you for future research tasks. As part of this you will learn to appreciate the contribution of immunological mechanisms to a wide range of disease processes as a basis for developing new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

The MSc Immunology and Allergy is taught on a full-time basis over one year (September to late August) offering 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 research project.

Autumn semester

Immunity and the Immune System 

The aim of this introductory 10 credit module is to define the basic mechanisms and concepts underpinning the science of immunology and allergy.

Research Methods 

This is a 20 credit module which demonstrates how various research strategies are used to study immunology. Students will learn how to employ the skills of criticising and reporting scientific work. You will also be trained to carry out critical evaluation of published scientific papers and report and interpret the results.

Molecular Aspects of Allergy 

This is a 20 credit module taught in semester one. The aim is for students to be able to describe the human IgE network, the mechanisms of allergic tissue damage, and to establish strategies for immunological intervention.

Mechanisms of Autoimmunity

The aim of this 20 credit module is to demonstrate how the application of modern molecular techniques is leading to the understanding of autoimmunity and the development of intervention strategies.

Spring semester

Innate Immune Recognition

This is a 20 credit module held in semester two. This module focuses on the basic mechanisms and concepts underpinning immune activation within the context of infection with extracellular and intracellular pathogens, tumour recognition, immunoevasion and immunopathology and how this understanding could be used for developing new vaccination/ therapeutic strategies

Therapeutic Immunology 

This module is worth 20 credits which describes how to analyse current and potential therapeutic strategies, and to assess the use of engineered antibodies and peptide vaccines for treating immunological diseases.


Taught together with students from the MSc in Molecular Diagnostics, this 10-credit module provides an introduction to bioinformatics. This module will enable students to obtain practical experience in using bioinformatics software available for the analysis of genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data.

The module is taught using a combination of lectures and practical sessions. Students are required to produce a poster for assessment which includes information gathered from online databases about a particular gene or disease. Topics for poster presentations in previous years have included Complement C3, CD45, NOD2 and bare lymphocyte syndrome.

Research Project

This module will enable you to experience contemporary research methods by designing a research programme and performing experiments, surveys, or other research activities aimed at solving a specific biomedical problem. The research project is worth a total of 60 credits. The project will allow the student to establish the technical skills required for immunology research and for designing experiments. They will also be able to demonstrate the ability to write scientific texts. The focus of research in Immunology is in the area of Immunnomodulation, for example, studies of a variety of means of therapeutic manipulation of the immune response. This is aimed particularly in the area of cancer, allergy, and infection and autoimmunity.

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

The modules studied during the autumn semester are assessed at the beginning of the spring semester and those studied in spring are assessed at the beginning of the summer semester.

Other features of the course

Each student is allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of the course, and regular meetings are scheduled throughout the year.

Course material is delivered in a variety of ways, including lectures, practical sessions, tutorials and problem-based learning sessions.

The online MSc database provides a central point for you to access your timetable, assessment results and easy access to additional module resources provided by staff. You will be expected to work independently, and as part of a group.

The course is assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations delivered electronically (multiple choice, multiple response and extended matching questions), oral presentations, essays, poster preparation and dissertation.


For details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.

Masters - Full time

Start date:
1 Year
Teaching method:
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
EUR 8,946.52 (GBP 6,630.00)
EUR 26,043.42 (GBP 19,300.00)
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

School of Life Sciences
University accredited:
180 CATS
Last update: 09/04/2016