Infection and Immunity MSc, 1 year, full-time

Course information

UK/EU fee £8,190

International fee £20,825

This 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.

Course description

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

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.

The course combines practical and theoretical teaching delivered by scientists and clinicians working in the University's College of Life Sciences. Of great value to potential employers, the course also gives you experience of research in a laboratory-based project.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • 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

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2020 or January 2021

  • MSc: £8,190

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2020 or January 2021

  • MSc: £20,825

Applicants to this course who come from developing Commonwealth countries can apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The research training you receive and the research project you conduct will provide a training that PhD supervisors and employers value highly when recruiting their postgraduate research students from around the world.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses



Course structure

Modules

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Project

Project

During the second part of your course, you will undertake your MSc Laboratory Research Project under the supervision of a member of staff. Your project write-up will be submitted as a dissertation and forms a major part of the final degree mark. 

Recent projects by Infection and Immunity MSc students

  • The microbiomics of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Studies on action of new drug candidates for the treatment of invasive pneumococcal diseases
  • Growth arrest, neutral lipid content and antibiotic tolerance in mycobacteria
  • Studies on phase variable restriction-modification systems on resistance of Haemophilus influenzae to infection by bacteriophage
  • Identification and characterisation of novel bacterial transferrin and lactoferrin binding protein(s)

Some MSc projects have contributed to publications in respected journals:

  • Cruse G, Fernandes VE, de Salort J, Pankhania D, Marinas MS, Brewin H, Andrew PW, Bradding P, Kadioglu A (2010) Human lung mast cells mediate pneumococcal cell death in response to activation by pneumolysin. J. Immunol. 184, 7108-15
  • Bangert M, Bricio-Moreno L, Gore S, Rajam G, Ades EW, Gordon SB, Kadioglu A. (2012) P4-mediated antibody therapy in an acute model of invasive pneumococcal disease. J. Inf. Dis. 205, 1399-407

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

They share between them a scope of research expertise that provides an ideal environment for postgraduate teaching at both Masters and Doctoral levels.

There are currently more than 90 postgraduate students registered in our Department.

The MSc course is taught by internationally renowned experts in the field of Immunology and Inflammation.

Teaching and learning

You will be trained in lab techniques and will develop your proficiency in experimental design. These skills will then be put into practice in the lab-based research project which comprises two-thirds of the credits for your course.

The lecture programme, some of which is shared between our various postgraduate lab-based courses, will develop your specialist knowledge and allow you to increase your understanding of the interdisciplinary aspects of your speciality.

During the taught phase of the course, structured lab practicals are run alongside tutorials, seminars and employability sessions. You will have specialist immunology practicals covering techniques relevant to your research project.

Assessment is a mix of formal exams and coursework including essays, practical reports, presentations and other written tasks.

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