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Biomedical Science (Medical Immunology) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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Biomedical Science (Medical Immunology) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Code
PGC550
Start
October 2020
September 2020 (EU/INT induction)
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,200 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Sue Outram

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

This master's 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 gain a knowledge of a range of immunoassays and will come to understand how these may be used in the diagnosis of disease.

Why study MSc/PGDip/PGCert Biomedical Science (Medical Immunology) at Middlesex University?

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 knowledge 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.

Course highlights

  • This programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Scientists (IBMS) which is the leading professional body for Biomedical Scientists
  • You will undertake a research project with the supervision of experts in the field. This may lead to inclusion on a scientific publication
  • External lecturers are brought in to teach their expert areas allowing you the possibility to form links with institutions outside of Middlesex University
  • Following the recent REF2014, research at Middlesex was ranked as close to the top third for research power across the entire sector and the best modern university in London for research power.

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What will you study on the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Biomedical Science (Medical Immunology)?

The ultimate aim of this programme is to prepare you for employment in the diagnostic laboratories or the biotechnology sector, or for independent research careers in academia.

You will complete a research project which will be based around the theme of Immunology. The supervisor of this project will be drawn from the Universities research active staff with the appropriate expertise in Immunology.

Modules

We’ve made temporary changes to some course modules for students starting in 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, there’s information on these updates below.

  • Modules

    • Advanced Bioanalytical Techniques (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Biomedical Ethics and Law (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Immunoassays and Immunotherapeutics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Immunology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Immunopathology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Laboratory Leadership and Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Research Project (changes for students in 2020) (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your skills in the planning and execution of an individualised research project involving the use of critical analysis and review in the area of Immunology. In addition, the module aims to develop your communication skills to enable you to communicate your findings in written and oral form.

    • Research Project (typical course structure) (60 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How will the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Biomedical Science (Medical Immunology) be taught?

This programme will be delivered in a blended learning format using live interactive teaching sessions via a number of learning platforms such as Kaltura newrow, Adobe Connect or Zoom. These sessions will be recorded so that you can return to this learning in your own time and study at your own place. Learning may be supplemented by pre-recorded lectures, demonstration of laboratory techniques or data analysis activity where you can access the information at any point. Practical sessions will either be virtual or on campus where this is possible in light of COVID-19. This wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used to build up your skills and knowledge

You will take part in online problem solving discussions, critical discussions, critical debates and exercises, online workshops, and in-class activities. You will supplement all this with your own guided and independent reading. The mix of delivery modes will be varied and suitable to the content being delivered.

The programme has a strong practical element, with an emphasis on developing the skills needed in a laboratory setting and in gaining hands-on experience of diagnostic techniques.  Access to on campus activity is subject to ongoing and further COVID-19 restrictions, and virtual laboratories and pre-recorded lab and practice demonstrations will be used to facilitate your learning

We are committed to equipping and accommodating learners fully online where they cannot reach campus, and where a second lockdown is in place. In such event, the fully online scenario will be in place to provide and support students’ learning.

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.

Assessment

We’re planning to deliver our assessment in a similar way to previous years. We will review this regularly, and let you know in advance of your assessment if we need to make any changes.

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.

Teaching and learning - changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with other interactive teaching as well as larger lectures delivered online and recorded sessions available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: Course delivered fully online

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week per level:

7 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week per level:

38 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week per level:

1.5 hours

Scenario 2: Course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week per level:

7 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week per level:

38 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week per level:

1.5 hours

4.

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week per level:

5 hours per day for a total of 4 days

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

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How can the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Biomedical Science (Medical Immunology) support your career?

A master’s degree is 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).

A qualification at Master’s level is increasingly becoming a requirement for progression via a PhD into a research career. Possession of the MSc degree is likely to enhance your marketability in academic research, pharmaceutical research and development and Education.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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