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Biomedical Science (Medical Immunology) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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Biomedical Science (Medical Immunology) MSc/PGDip/PGCert

October 2019
September 2019 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,100 (UK/EU) *
£13,900 (INT) *
Course leader
Sue Outram

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.

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 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.

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

    • 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 (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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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

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.

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  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

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.

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