MSc Immunology

Advanced academic and research training in strategies used to elucidate the function and relevance to human disease of targets identified by Omics technologies.

Key information


Duration
1 year full-time

Start date
October 2017

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

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This course provides advanced academic, laboratory and research training in the methods and strategies used to elucidate which and how potential targets identified through Omics technologies- genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics- may be relevant to human disease. Students will gain insight on target selection given a large data set, and the in vitro and in vivo techniques that could be applied to study an identified target in the context of disease. The emphasis will be on critical analysis of data and published information, and the design of experimental protocols/pipeline to answer specific scientific questions.

At the end of the course, the students would have gained excellent laboratory experience, learnt a variety of analytical skills and techniques, and produced a literature review and a thesis.


Programme structure

The MSc in Functional Omics course is a full-time (12-month) course, which starts in October.  The course is organised as follows:

  • October - February: 5-month taught section – 5 modules
  • March - September: 7-month laboratory-based research project

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Entry requirements

First degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physiology, or related Biomedical Science discipline with the minimum Honours Degree at 2:1 or equivalent.
Applicants may be required to attend an interview, either in person or via skype .

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Is this programme for you?

The course provides excellent training for graduates intending to pursue a career in scientific research, but the many transferable skills gained during the course can also be applied to careers outside of science.


Career prospects

The MSc in Functional Omics provides excellent training for graduates intending to pursue a career in scientific research, either in Academia (e.g. in studying for a PhD) or in Industry, but the many transferable skills gained during the course can also be applied to careers ourside of science, or science-related disciplines. We expect a high proportion of graduates to proceed to PhD study, scientific research within an academic or industrial setting, or other science-related areas.

As well as scientific training, the course expands the students’ repertoire of transferable skills, allowing them to enter a variety of non-scientific careers including finance, management and various types of consultancy.


Key benefits

  • Demonstrate understanding and apply the advanced concepts of functional omics and cell biology, and appreciate how these disciplines can help us to understand and elucidate mechanisms for complex biological phenomena.
  • Apply state-of-the-art techniques used in the context of functional omics and cell biology and the study of complex diseases.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply learnt skill sets in an industrial, academic, economic and social context. 
  • Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the methodologies used in the discipline and acquire the ability to plan and carry out experiments independently and assess the significance of the outcomes.