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University of Aberdeen Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Location: Aberdeen, United Kingdom Duration: see details Fees/total cost: EUR 6,072.30 (GBP 4,500.00) - EUR 23,209.68 (GBP 17,200.00)

Description

Overview

This MSc in Immunology will take you through a wide ranging curriculum illustrating the relevance of Immunology to the maintenance of health and the development of disease. It includes courses on basic and cutting edge immunology, applied statistics, bioinformatics and genomics, immunogenetics and host-pathogen interactions in infection. The programme aims to provide you with:

  • An understanding of the general principles of immunology
  • An ability to apply knowledge in academic and health contexts
  • Opportunities to learn from world renowned researchers

The MSc is ideal for students and scientists who would like to improve their career prospects, fill skills gaps and further their hands-on immunology research experience.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MSc programme which runs in September.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Basic Skills - Induction (MT5010)

This course is designed to provide or revise the basic skills you will require for your MSc. The course will revise basic laboratory skills and techniques and advance these to a level required to undertake graduate practical classes and projects by developing hands-on experience, competence and confidence in key laboratory skills. An expert from the library will explain the use and facilities of the library and the basics of database searching to enhance research skills and project validation.

Generic Skills (GS50M1)

This course will improve your employability skills. I-SEE (Individualised self-assessment to enhance employability) is a bespoke online resource developed to help identify your strengths and areas needing improvement. The self-assessment process allows you to identify development areas for employability skills like communication, IT and numeracy skills and personal attributes like creativity, organisation and timekeeping, flexibility, team working. This leads to automated, tailored feedback and signposting to self-study to assist in improving your CV. Reflection and an e-portfolio will assist in articulation of these enhanced skills/attributes during mock interviews. Some sessions are compulsory, but otherwise it involves self-directed learning.

Current Topics in Immunology (MB5020)

A series of lectures, tutorials and a workshop delivered by currently research active staff. Topics concern cutting edge areas of immunology research and how these relate to the development of disease.

The course Workshop involves students delivering a poster presentation on a course-related topic, providing the opportunity for students to practice presentation skills before undertaking the Masters Research project later in the academic year.

Introductory Immunology (MB5023)

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of how behaviours (e.g. smoking, diet, medication adherence, etc) can protect, promote, risk or damage health; the key drivers of (un)healthy behaviours; and techniques to change health behaviours.

Applied Statistics (PU5017)

This course intends to develop the student's awareness of the fact that statistical techniques are integral to scientific research. Researchers must be able to specify a precise research question in statistical terms and then select an appropriate study design in order to carry out an effective research project. They must also be able to assess the adequacy of the research presented in scientific or medical literature. The same skills are also required for many MSc dissertation projects.

Optional Courses

Bioinformatics (MB5021)

A course containing a series of lectures describing 'latest-methods and discoveries' in areas of bioinformatics and functional genomics including transcriptomics, proteomics, and DNA sequence analysis.

Contains an extended research practical; you carry out computer analysis of transcriptome datasets to understand how cells respond to starvation stress, and write up in research paper format.

Contains a series of in-depth workshops that teach the principles and practice of DNA and protein sequence analysis.

Introduction to Molecular Biology (MB5022)

This is an introductory course in molecular biology basics for all taught postgraduate programmes with a molecular biology content. It aims to ensure that PG taught course students, with diverse educational backgrounds, on programmes with a substantial molecular biology content, have an adequate knowledge of the basic concepts and techniques of molecular biology. There is a practical element with this course.

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Host - Pathogen Interactions (MB5516)

Why do some microorganisms cause disease, yet others don’t? This course explores host-pathogen interactions from bacterial, fungal, parasite, viral and host perspectives in a lecture series, examining virulence factors, host defenses and immune responses. Students develop a detailed knowledge of one specific host-pathogen interaction through self-directed study and review of a specific disease selected by the student. In addition, workshops are held which discuss experimental design for analysis of host-pathogen interactions, virulence and novel drug treatments. The material on the course will enable students to develop and refine their understanding of the roles of host and pathogen in infectious disease.

Genome - Enabled Medicine (MB5517)

A course describing the wide range of ways in which genome sequencing has transformed our understanding of medicine and human disease.

A course placing a high value on its teaching and learning; all lecture material supported by workshops – your chance to team-work, ask questions and enjoy the science.

Contains a material detailing a range of examples of genome science and its applications in medicine, ranging from the human genome (genome-wide association studies) to microbial (pathogen genome sequencing).

A course that makes wide use of the literature, allowing you to read about and understand the latest methods in genome science.

Research Tutorials (MB5518)

A course that leads you through research-level study of your subject through study of a range of areas of the science literature.

An introduction to the subject of your summer research project through the writing of an extended essay on the subject of your forthcoming research project.

The course provides an opportunity to study advanced science concepts led by an experienced member of academic staff.

Immunogenetics (MB5519)

The genetic basis of self/non-self discrimination underlies all immune responses and can influence disease susceptibility at the level of both individual and populations. This course addresses this topic through lectures from research active experts in the main areas covered.

The course Workshop involves students delivering a poster presentation on a course-related topic, providing the opportunity for students to practice presentation skills before undertaking the Masters Research project later in the academic year.

Semester 3

Introduction

The research project is an important component of the MSc training, undertaken in Semester 3.

Compulsory Courses

Masters Research Project (MB5902)

The topic of the project will be subject and supervisor dependant.

Masters - Part time

Start date:
September
Duration:
2 Years
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes
Tuition fees

Masters - Full time

Start date:
September
Duration:
1 Year
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 6,072.30 (GBP 4,500.00)
Non-EU-Fees:
EUR 23,209.68 (GBP 17,200.00)
Additional Information:
Fees 2016/17
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information


College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
graduateschool-clsm@abdn.ac.uk
University accredited:
Last update: 24/08/2016
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