Microbiology and Immunology MSc

 
  

Fact file

Qualification
MSc Microbiology and Immunology
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 - at least an upper second class honours degree or international equivalent from an approved institution
Other requirements
The course is also offered to medical and veterinary graduates wishing to pursue a career in Immunology or Microbiology. Applicants with a lower second class degree (or international equivalent) may be considered on an individual basis.
IELTS
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
Queen's Medical Centre
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge in two complementary disciplines, stressing the challenges posed by pathogens and how they shape immune responses.
Read full overview

Why choose this course?

We are committed to providing quality and cutting-edge training in microbiology and immunology. The MSc is offered in a school that has a very sound teaching and research base, with expertise in the host-pathogen interface. The ongoing interactions between the microbiologists and immunologists within the school will guarantee exposure to the forefront of research into host-pathogen interactions. 

Aims and objectives 

  • Learn about clinically relevant pathogens through an introductory module on Medical Microbiology and two specialised modules on Bacterial and Viral pathogenesis.
  • Study about the immune system through an introductory module on the theme of immunity and the immune system and a module on the ability of the innate immune system to sense the presence of pathogens and instruct the acquired immune system. Therapeutic targets and tools will be discussed in the Therapeutic Immunology module.
  • Provision for the development of practical research skills will be offered by the Research Methods in Immunology and Microbiology module, and a Research Project leading to a dissertation.

Key facts

  • 95% of the School of Life Sciences research was deemed to be of international quality according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • The School of Life Sciences was ranked 9th for Research Power (REF 2014). 
  • The University of Nottingham is placed 70th in the world and in the top 1% of universities internationally by the latest (2015) QS World University Rankings.

 

 

Course details

The course consists of two introductory modules on the themes of medical microbiology and immunity and the immune system, five taught modules and a project leading to a dissertation.   
 

Modules

The credit rating and description of each module are as follows:

Introduction to Medical Microbiology (10 credits)
To define the basic mechanisms and concepts underpinning medical microbiology. 
 
Immunity and the Immune System (10 credits) 
To define the basic mechanisms and concepts underpinning the science of immunology. 
 
Research Methods in Microbiology and Immunology
(20 credits) 
To demonstrate how various research strategies are used to study microbiology and immunology and to employ the skills of performing and recording laboratory work. 
 
Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infections (20 credits) 
Initial lectures will highlight the different mechanisms associated with disease pathogenesis for a selection of bacteria. Subsequent lectures and tutorials will give students an understanding of clinical syndromes – a systematic approach, including the microbiology of important diseases, diagnostic approaches and choice of antibiotic. 
 
Viral Pathogenesis and Infections (20 credits) 
This module will illustrate how viruses interact with cells, what are the underlying molecular mechanisms of infection and replication, and how these interactions lead to clinical disease.
 
Innate Immune Recognition (20 credits) 
To describe current understanding of pattern recognition receptors and pathogen associated molecular patterns within the context of infections, tumour recognition, immunoevasion and immunopathology.
 
Therapeutic Immunology (20 credits) 
To analyse current and potential therapeutic strategies and to assess the use of engineered antibodies and peptide vaccines for treating immunological diseases.
 
Research Project (60 credits) 
To establish the technical skills required for research at the host-pathogen interface and for designing experiments and to demonstrate the ability to write scientific text. Students will carry out a research project, with topics being determined by members of academic staff. Students will add to their practical and intellectual skills in scientific investigation. The students will also gain experience of project and time management, and acquire specialised skills related to the project.
 

 

For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

Home/EU students

The School of Life Science is offering a number of scholarships amounting to £1,000 each for students starting in 2017-18. To apply for these scholarships you need a copy of an acceptance letter confirming that you have a place to study. This is a competitive scheme and students will be awarded a scholarship on academic and individual merit.

Closing date is 12 mid-day (UK time) Monday 14 August 2017. 

Full details and application forms for these scholarships can be obtained by contacting: 


Anita Purshottam
E: MB-Info-PGT-Mol@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk
www.nottingham.ac.uk/life-sciences

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

Please also visit our funding pages. 

International students

The School of Life Science is offering a number of scholarships amounting to £1,000 each for students starting in 2017-18. To apply for these scholarships you need a copy of an acceptance letter confirming that you have a place to study. This is a competitive scheme and students will be awarded a scholarship on academic and individual merit.

Closing date is 12 mid-day (UK time) Monday 14 August 2017. 

Full details and application forms for these scholarships can be obtained by contacting: 

Anita Purshottam
E: MB-Info-PGT-Mol@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk
www.nottingham.ac.uk/life-sciences

Opportunities for funding are also available to international students through the International Office at The University of Nottingham.

Please also visit our funding pages.

 
 

Careers

The skills gained from this MSc Microbiology and Immunology will provide a solid portfolio of knowledge and practical skills at the host-pathogen interface, which will prepare for a wide range of career paths.

The molecular medical microbiology aspects of the course are very desirable for employers in both the private and public sectors. Moreover, the comprehensive understanding of immunological mechanisms enables students to gain entry to careers in both research and diagnostic settings.

MSc graduates from the School of Life Sciences go on to establish a range of successful careers. Many of them pursue a higher degree such as a PhD in very strong research laboratories in the UK, Europe or the US; others take up positions as trainee diagnostic microbiologists, immunologists or biomedical scientists (BMS); while others gain employment in industry such as large pharmaceutical companies or other private enterprises.

Whatever your career path, the strong research background provided by the research project/dissertation component of the course will ideally place you to establish a career at a higher level. 

Students from our MSc courses have gone on to a wide variety of positions including:

  • PhD – Immunology
  • PhD - School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • PhD - The University of Nottingham
  • SHO in Medical Microbiology 
  • Research Assistant in Immunology
  • SHO in Medical Microbiology
  • Research Technicians 
  • SpR in Medical Microbiology
  • PhD - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Infection Control Nurses
  • NHS Clinical Scientists
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist - AMGEM Biotech
  • Clinical Trial Data Managers
  • Application Specialist Biological Sciences – Japan
  • Biomedical Scientists (BMS1)
  • Research Technician - The University of Nottingham
  • Graduate Entry Medical School 

To help you decide on the best career choice, an annual event is held which includes presentations from people currently working within different environments eg Big PHarma, SME, Biomedical Science, Clinical Science, Media relations and as a Patent Attorney. Tips on application procedures, qualification requirements and daily responsibilities are provided.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research

 
 
 
Get in touch
+44 (0)115 951 5559

Contact

The Enquiry Centre
The University of Nottingham King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham
NG7 2NR

MHS videos

Medicine and Health Sciences videos

 
 

Student Recruitment Enquiries Centre

The University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5559
f: +44 (0) 115 951 5812
w: Frequently asked questions
Make an enquiry