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Infection and Immunity MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Infection Control: Awareness Immunology (Medicine)

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you want to apply your knowledge of biological sciences to studying the molecular and cellular basis of infections and the immune response, particularly if you want to pursue research at postgraduate level. In infants worldwide, infectious disease accounts for higher mortality and morbidity than any other category of disease. Tackling the burden of infectious disease on mankind is recognised as a health priority by both the World Health Organisation and the United Nations. This Postgraduate Degree responds to the international need for research scientists by training biological and biomedical graduates to develop their knowledge and research skills in the fields of immunology and infection.

Assessment is a mix of formal exams and coursework including essays, practical reports, presentations and other written tasks. The research training you receive and the research project you conduct will provide training that PhD supervisors and employers value highly when recruiting their postgraduate research students from around the world.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



In this module you will learn about the molecular and cellular biology of the key pathogens (viral, prokaryotic and eukaryotic) which currently threaten human populations, and the mechanisms that account for the pathogenesis of many of these diseases. We will then consider the host immune responses which combat these infections and the complex interactions involved in raising and resolving an immune response to infection. You will learn the mechanisms underlying immunity, and factors controlling resistance and susceptibility to infection, including latent and chronic infections. In addition to immunity, we will discuss the mechanisms of action of drugs and other antimicrobial therapies, in particular, the details of antibiotic action and resistance.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need 2:2 degree in a biological science (e.g. Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology or Immunology) or a BTEC with experience in a field related to infection and immunity, such as a health service or biopharmaceutical laboratory or a medical or veterinary degree, provided that the course included significant elements of molecular biology, microbiology and immunology.

University information

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