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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Infection, Immunity and Human Disease

Programme code:MSC-BSGS/IIDUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Martin Stacey Contact


Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in a subject that has covered the cellular and molecular basis of life such as: Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry.
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Masters Bioscience Examination Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

QAA have published a set of characteristics, graduates from Masters programmes should possess. These are:

A. Subject specific attributes
An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research including a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject
The ability to complete a research project in the subject which may include a critical review of existing literature or other scholarly outputs

B. Generic attributes (Including skills relevant to an employment setting)
A range of generic abilities and skills that include the ability to:
Use initiative and take responsibility
Solve problems in creative an innovative ways
Make decisions and challenge situations
Continue to learn independently and to develop professionally

Programme specification:

The programme will:
consist of 60 credits of compulsory core research training modules designed to equip students with the expertise necessary to work at the cutting edge of a modern bioscience sector - including research planning exercises, methodologies underpinning modern bioscience and an extended practical project intended to give the students experience with the techniques used in molecular biology. Added to this is an independent research project (60 credits) which will be in an area related to infection, immunity or human disease and hence substantial specialist training will be achieved through this project. Specialist taught modules will make up the remaining 60 credits. These modules will describe advanced concepts underpinning the basis of selected human diseases, infectious and non-infectious and will present current treatments and new treatment strategies. In particular, students should gain a strong appreciation of the molecular, genetic and cellular approaches currently being used to understand, diagnose and treat human disease.

As part of the programme, students will be able to interact with a number of external speakers working in the diagnostic and pharmaceutical sector and hence build up an understanding of the employment prospects in these sectors.

Students will also be expected to attend at least one research seminar per week from the various seminar series that the Faculty offers, and therefore will be able to broaden their knowledge of the discipline area that they are working in.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

All modules are compulsory. Where students have a strong educational background in Immunology, if approved by the programme leader, they should select either BIOL5112M Bioimaging, S1 (10c) OR BIOL5178M High Throughput Technologies, S1 (15c) module instead of BIOL5147M Advanced Immunology. In addition, students may be directed to take BIOL5312M Bioimaging (15c)) or BIOL5178M High Throughput Technologies, S1 (15c) instead of BIOL5373M Protein Engineering Laboratory Project where appropriate and where material has been covered within undergraduate programmes (mainly University of Leeds graduates from the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology).

To obtain the award of MSc, students must achieve a pass mark in 30 credits of the 40 credits of subject specialism modules (which include BIOL5147M Advanced Immunology, BIOL5125M Infectious & Non-infectious Diseases, BIOL5207M Medical Diagnostics, and BIOL5209M Treatment Infectious Disease and Cancer) and satisfy the Rules for Award for a Taught

Compulsory modules:

BIOL5125MInfectious and Non-Infectious Diseases15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5126MPractical Bioinformatics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5147MAdvanced Immunology15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5148MResearch Planning and Scientific Communication15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5201MAdvanced Biomolecular Technologies15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOL5207MMedical Diagnostics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOL5209MTreatment of Infectious Disease and Cancer15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOL5373MProtein Engineering Laboratory Project15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BIOL5393MBioscience MSc Research Project60 credits1 Feb to 30 Sep

Last updated: 12/05/2023 16:51:17


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