Over the past few years significant advances have been made in our understanding of the molecular and cellular control of immune responses. These discoveries are now being translated into the design and testing of immunotherapeutic interventions for a range of diseases including cancer, autoimmunity and inflammatory disease. This programme is for biomedical or life scientists who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in both immunology and its translation to immunotherapy.
A series of interlinked taught modules cover molecular mechanisms in immune cell differentiation and function, autoimmunity, transplant and tumour immunology, and inflammation. This is complemented by comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in immunotherapy including the use of microbial products in immunomodulation and vaccination, small molecules and biologics, as well as cellular immunotherapy.
The programme aims to allow you to understand the research process, from the fundamental discoveries at the forefront of immunological research, to the application of novel interventional immune-based therapies.
A key part of the MSc programme is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation. This study will be in the form of an extensive laboratory research project carried out in internationally renowned research groups. Each student will be a fully-integrated member of one of the large number of research teams in a wide variety of topics across both immunology and immunotherapy. We also plan to offer some projects within external biotechnology companies.
Why study this course
- is run by research scientists at the forefront of immunology and immunotherapy across the Schools of Immunity & Infection and Cancer Sciences
- includes clinical staff who are involved in the delivery of immunotherapy to patients
- can contribute towards career development and open up further career progression opportunities
- provides an exciting opportunity to carry out an extensive research project either within the University or selected external biotechnology companies
- will increase your personal knowledge of the principles of immunology and its application to immune-based therapy of disease
- includes the opportunity to attend British Society Of Immunology Annual Congress or MSc Immunology Winter School
The content of the programme is broadly divided into two components: the taught modules and the independent research project (dissertation).
Each taught module comprises 15-40 hours of face-to-face taught classroom-based learning plus self-directed learning and an in-course assessed assignment. Towards the beginning of the programme there is a laboratory research methods module and running throughout is a journal club where you present and discuss cutting-edge research publications.
You will have the exciting opportunity to undertake an extensive laboratory research project as a fully-integrated member of one of the large number of research teams in a wide variety of topics across both immunology and immunotherapy. We also plan to offer some projects within external biotechnology companies.
Please note: programmes evolve continually to keep them up to date so please check the website regularly for any changes
Fees and funding
2015/16 course fees
UK/EU students: £9,000
Non UK/EU students: £19,750
Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.
Learn more about fees and funding.
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding Home/EU and International students on our postgraduate taught programmes.
For 2015 entry the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme offers 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.
For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.
For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.
Life science or biomedical science degree normally classified at 2(i) or above or equivalent.
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
How to apply
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages