Immunology and Immunotherapy MSc

Start date
September
Duration
Full time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught
Fees

Annual tuition fee for 2020/21:
UK / EU: £9,250 full-time
International: £24,930 full-time
More detail on fees and funding.

Immunology student Bethan Elloway introduces the Immunology and Immunotherapy masters programme

This is a full-time 1 year MSc programme suitable for biomedical or life scientists who wish to acquire an extensive knowledge and key skills relating to the fundamental molecular and cellular regulation of immunity and its application to the treatment of disease. The programme will be delivered by world leaders at the forefront of immunology and immunotherapy research, each with an internationally renowned research group.

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.

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Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme

We are offering over 60 awards of £2,000 to support the brightest and best applicants wishing to undertake Masters study at the University during 2020-21.

Applications are now open. Deadline for applications is Friday 31 July 2020.

Find out more and apply now

Why Study this Course?

This course:

  • is run by research scientists at the forefront of immunology and immunotherapy across the Institutes of Immunology and Immunotherapy and Inflammation and Ageing
  • 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

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Modules

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.

Core modules

Examples of research projects undertaken in recent years:

  • The role of antigen receptor signalling for B cell selection. Kai Toellner
  • Investigating the role of CD200-CD200R interactions in the development and function of Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells (MDSC). Nick Jones
  • How do ab kill gram negative bacteria? Adam Cunningham
  • A novel mechanism of regulation of macrophages by glucocorticoids. Andy Clark
  • Evaluation of neutrophil functionality in Multiple Myeloma patients. Ilaria Chicca and Mark Drayson
  • Understanding of the potential of a novel immunomodulatory therapy in alcohol-related liver disease. Lozan Sheriff and Dr Patricia Lalor
  • Mechanisms of attenuated Salmonella cancer therapy. Kendle Maslowski
  • Investigation of the impact of tissue metabolite profile on T cell immunity. Sarah Dimeloe
  • Explore the effects of ustekinumab treatment on IL-12 expression by monocytes in patients with Crohn’s disease. Evaggelia Liaskou and Subrata Ghosh
  • Investigation of mechanisms regulating thymus function and T cell development. Will Jenkinson and Graham Anderson

Key dates

Fees

2020/21

MSc

  • UK/EU: £9,250 full-time
  • International: £24,930 full-time

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

 

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme

The University of Birmingham is offering over 60 awards of £2,000, based on academic and professional performance. Applications are now open. Deadline for applications is Friday 31 July 2020.

Find out more and apply now

How To Apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 1 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date - a new application should be made for September 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 entry in early October 2019.

Before you make your application

You may wish to register your interest with us to receive regular news and updates on postgraduate life within this Department and the wider University.

Making your application

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

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Our Standard Requirements

Life science or biomedical science degree normally classified at 2(i) or above or equivalent.

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International Students

Academic requirements

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 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available.

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

This programme is delivered via teaching from Monday to Friday approximately 9am-5.00pm, with only a few hours of direct face-to-face contact each day to allow time for independent learning. During the first part of the research project you will have a single day of taught element modules, with the remaining days carrying out their research. Once the taught modules have been completed the project will be full-time.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Programme Leads

Dr Nick Jones
n.d.jones@bham.ac.uk

Dr Will Jenkinson
w.e.jenkinson@bham.ac.uk

Programme Administrator

pgimmunology@contacts.bham.ac.uk

 

Assessment Methods

Taught modules

Modules are assessed through a variety of means including extended essays (up to 3000 words), preparation of a research proposal, preparing and conducting a short presentation on a defined topic related to the module content, and unseen written examination (essays, short answer, MCQ).

Dissertation

This is defined as a substantial body of work containing some new findings or thoughts. It is envisaged that this will be 10,000-15,000 words in length. You will be assigned to a suitable supervisor and agree the nature of the research at the start of their programme.

Students who complete this MSc programme will have an in-depth up-to-date knowledge of this rapidly advancing field and will have developed the key skills required to either pursue a PhD in these areas or significantly improve their employability for the biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industrial sectors.

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