You need the immune system. Without it, you would be overwhelmed by the myriad of infectious organisms, viruses, bacteria and parasites, which abound in the environment around you. Learn how the system recognises the infectious enemies and marshals its defences against them. It also has memory, hence the magic of vaccines. Immunology is an intriguing, fascinating subject – get immersed in it and enjoy!Professor Ivan Roitt
This newly launched Masters programme will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of advance Immunological concepts. In particular, the course will focus on developing the understanding of how immune system disorders arise and how immunological reagents may be used as therapeutics (immunotherapeutic). You will also be trained to perform a range of immunoassays and will come to understand how these may be used in the diagnosis of disease.
This programme structure in the area of Biomedical Science and Medical Immunology will provide you with the necessary framework and vocabulary in essential and advanced aspects of Immunology. Additionally you will gain the expertise in a range of analytical and technical skills that will equip you to pursue a range of career options. These may include employment within the health service, pharmaceutical industry and education, or, to proceed to further scientific training or research.
As part of this programme you will also carry out a research project with a focus on Immunology supervised by research-active experts in the area.
This course is designed for those students who have previously studied a related subject in Biomedical Science at university level or who have a basic knowledge of Immunology and are looking to develop an advanced mastery of the subject.
This module aims to provide students with a sound knowledge of the concepts and language of Immunology. This will enable students to understand how animals and, in particular humans, respond to, and eliminate, infection caused by a wide range of different microorganisms.
The module aims to provide insight into a range of ethical and legal issues that relate to professional practice, to research with human and animal subjects, and to human reproduction. It also aims to give you a broad overview of the relevant current UK ethical and legal regulations for research using human tissues. The module will further explore the ethical issues present in the rapidly developing area of genetic technology, including genetic testing and selection, genetic engineering, and the concept of genetic disease.
The module aims to examine advanced bioanalytical techniques that are used in biomedical research, for the analysis of products, for improving disease understanding, and for the analysis of disease biomarkers. It also provides a detailed understanding of the principles, theory and practice of bioanalytical techniques, including safety, instrumentation, sample preparation techniques together with analysis and interpretation of analytical data.
This module aims to develop the concepts and language of immunology that are, or may be, applied clinically. The focus of this module will be on understanding the mechanisms that underpin the onset and development of hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, and transplant survival or rejection. You will also gain an understanding of Tumour Immunology.
This module aims to provide you with a sound knowledge of how immunoassays may be used in the diagnosis of disease. You will also learn how current immunological methods such as vaccination and development of monoclonal therapeutic antibodies have evolved, and how they may be adapted for use in the clinical setting.
The module aims to provide you with current theories and approaches to leadership and management so you can bring about effect positive change in the team or organisation that you lead or manage.
The module aims to provide you with the tools required to design effective and efficient experiments, and to test scientific hypotheses. The module will also equip you with the tools necessary for statistical analysis in a hypothesis testing context.
This module aims to develop your skills in the planning and execution of an analytical, laboratory-based study and critical evaluation of real research results drawing on your acquired knowledge from other modules. In addition, the module aims to develop your communication skills to enable you to communicate your findings in written and oral form.
Students on a full time programme would normally attend three to four days for classes on three/four different modules during a normal week. For students on a part time route this would be reduced to two to three days and two modules. In addition to scheduled teaching in lectures, seminars and laboratories, you will undertake a range of learning activities, some guided by tutors and others self-directed. For a typical 15 credit module you should plan for 150 learning hours of which around 40 would be in scheduled teaching sessions.
A range of online resources will be used, designed to support the teaching provided by the lecturers.
Your knowledge and understanding is assessed by both summative and formative assessments, which include seminar presentations, written assignments, laboratory reports, and seen practical and theory examinations. Your practical skills are assessed by laboratory reports and research project work.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
Applicants with the ISSN Diploma may be accredited with the Sport Nutrition Science and Physiology of Exercise and Nutrition modules and advance onto the MSc Sport Exercise Nutrition. Such qualifications should be identified during the application.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
A qualification at Master’s level is increasingly becoming a requirement for progression via a PhD into a research career. A Master’s degree is also an important means for health care professionals to develop the skills necessary to progress from specialist practitioner (BMS Band 6) to higher specialist practitioner (currently BMS Band 7). Possession of the MSc degree is also likely to enhance your marketability in academic research, pharmaceutical research and development and Education.