This course is particularly suitable for graduates in life sciences, biomedical sciences and allied subjects. It is also suitable for people who are already employed in related fields who wish to gain valuable research experience, as well as update their knowledge in immunology and novel immunotherapeutic technologies.
As a postgraduate in the School of Life Sciences, you will work in an environment with a sound teaching and research base that is committed to providing cutting-edge training in this field.
The programme continues to grow in stature and reputation, as it is repeatedly recognised for its excellence, relevance and innovation within the study of immunology.
You will learn about the contribution of immunological mechanisms to a wide range of disease processes, as a basis for developing new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. In addition, you will develop the skills to critically evaluate published scientific papers and how to report and interpret results.
The MSc Immunology and Immunotherapeutics is taught on a full-time basis over one year (September to late-August) offering 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit research project. The research project lasts about four months and is your chance to study an aspect of immunology and allergy in greater depth.
We are committed to providing quality and cutting-edge training in immunology. The MSc is offered in a school that has an excellent teaching and research base.The course has continued to grow in stature and reputation; gaining notable recognition for its excellence and relevance of this innovative postgraduate course.
Our course is the only course offering postgraduate immunology training that also encompasses immune allergy.
- This is a unique course within the UK, offering postgraduate immunology training that also encompasses allergy
- 95% of the School of Life Sciences research was deemed to be of international quality according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014
- The school has been awarded Athena SWAN Silver status. Athena SWAN champions good working practices to advance the representation of women in STEMM subjects
- We've been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching
- Nottingham features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings
The modules studied during the autumn semester are assessed during the University's exam period in January. Those studied in spring are assessed at the end of the spring semester.
To define the basic mechanisms and concepts underpinning the science of Immunology and Allergy.
How various research strategies are used to study immunology is examined on this module. You will learn how to employ the skills of criticising and reporting scientific work, as well as being trained to carry out critical evaluation of published scientific papers and report and interpret the results.
Molecular Aspects of Allergy
The aim of this module is to enable you to describe the human immunoglobulin E (IgE) network and the mechanisms of allergic tissue damage. It also explores how to establish strategies for immunological intervention.
Mechanisms of Autoimmunity
This module demonstrates how the application of modern molecular techniques is leading to an enhanced understanding of autoimmunity and the development of intervention strategies.
Innate Immune Recognition
This module focuses on the basic mechanisms and concepts underpinning: immune activation within the context of infection with extracellular and intracellular pathogens; tumour recognition; immunoevasion and immunopathology. You will also gain insight in to how this understanding could be used for developing new vaccination or therapeutic strategies.
The analysis of current and potential therapeutic strategies of immunological-based clinical conditions is covered on this module. You will also assess the use of cytokines, engineered antibodies, in utero stem cell transplantation and peptide vaccines for treating immunological diseases.
This introductory module will enable you to obtain practical experience in using bioinformatics software available for the analysis of genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data.
The module is taught using a combination of lectures and practical sessions. You are required to produce a poster for assessment which includes information gathered from online databases about a particular gene or disease.
On this 60 credit module you will design and execute a research programme – performing experiments, surveys, analysing data and undertaking other research activities aimed at solving a specific biomedical problem in the subject area you are studying. You will discuss the research project with your academic supervisor before the project begins.
As well as gaining the technical and project management skills required for contemporary research, you will develop the ability to write scientific texts through producing a dissertation based on your research findings. This report is discussed with academic staff during an oral examination.
The topic and form of project may vary from laboratory-based work, bioinformatics or extended literature reviews, depending on the expertise of our academic staff and which course you are enrolled on.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
Each student is allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of the course, and regular meetings are scheduled throughout the year.
Course material is delivered in a variety of ways, including:
- practical sessions
- problem-based learning sessions
The online MSc database provides a central point for you to access your timetable, assessment results and easy access to additional module resources provided by staff. You will be expected to work independently, and as part of a group.
The course is assessed by a variety of methods, including:
- examinations delivered electronically (multiple choice, multiple response and extended matching questions)
- oral presentations
- poster preparation
With the knowledge you gain from this course, you may enter a number of careers in a research or diagnostic setting. Many of our graduates continue their studies at PhD level whilst other chose to work as research assistants or enter a clinical scientist training programme.
Whatever your career path, immunologists generally need a strong research background – something reflected by the research project/dissertation component of the course.
You will also be ideally placed to continue your research at a higher level.
Students from our full programme of MSc courses have gone on to a wide variety of positions - here are a few examples:
- PhD Immunology
- Research Assistant in Immunology
- Senior House Officer (SHO) in Medical Microbiology
- Research Technicians - Oncology
- Senior Registrar in Medical Microbiology
- PhD - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Infection Control Nurses
- NHS clinical scientists
- Regulatory Affairs Specialist - AMGEM Biotech
- PhD - School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Cambridge
- Clinical Trial Data Managers
- Application Specialist Biological Sciences - Japan
- Biomedical Scientists (BMS1)
- PhD - University of Nottingham
- Research Technician - University of Nottingham
- Graduate Entry Medicine
Average starting salary and career progression
94.9% of postgraduates from the School of Life Sciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £21,400 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £40,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
Scholarships and bursaries
The School of Life Sciences is offering 12 scholarships amounting to £1,000 each for international students joining our MSc courses in 2019/20. 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.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon (GMT) Friday 24 May 2019. Successful applicants will be notified via email by Friday 14 June 2019.
Full details and application forms for these scholarships can be obtained by contacting:
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International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.