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MSci in Immunology and Pharmacology with Industrial Placement (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Masters Degree , Immunology

Course Description

There is a rapidly increasing number of immune system molecules now used to treat, or used as targets in the treatment of, a wide range of disease.

Immunology is the study of how the body defends itself against pathogenic microorganisms and cancer but is also fundamental to debilitating autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergies. Pharmacology is concerned with the discovery, characterisation and toxicology of drugs that are used either as medicines or as experimental tools for advancing our understanding of the body in health and disease. It also addresses drug toxicity and the processes by which drugs are absorbed, metabolised and excreted. We look at how the immune system can be exploited for novel therapies including vaccines.

Students will gain a broad, in depth, understanding of both subjects at the molecular, cellular and systems levels. Our research-led approach, which covers the latest advances provides graduates with the skills and knowledge for a wide range of careers in immunology and pharmacology and more generally in medical science.

In your fourth year you will undertake a year's industrial placement and graduate after five years with an MSci (an undergraduate Masters degree) instead of a BSc. Placements vary considerably but in general terms, you will be placed in an industrial, commercial or research environment where you will obtain a breadth of practical experience to complement your degree programme and enhance your employability.

There is a rapidly increasing number of immune system molecules now used to treat, or used as targets in the treatment of, a wide range of disease. Immunology is the study of how the body defends itself against pathogenic microorganisms and cancer but is also fundamental to debilitating autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergies. Pharmacology is concerned with the discovery,...

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Course Content

A degree in Immunology and Pharmacology is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.

  • Year 1

Year 1 courses include Medical Sciences and Chemistry for Life Sciences plus additional courses selected from science and other areas.

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Medical Sciences (SM1001) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to the Science of Sport, Exercise and Health (SR1002) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (CM1020) - 15 Credit Points

The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (CM1512) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 45 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Year 2 courses introduce Immunity, Infectious Diseases, Genetics and cell biology. The year 2 curriculum includes two courses devoted to development of Foundation and Research Skills in the Life Sciences.

Compulsory Courses

Genes and Evolution (BI2017) - 15 Credit Points

Physiology of Human Cells (BI20B2) - 15 Credit Points

Molecular Biology of the Gene (BI20M3) - 15 Credit Points

Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2001) - 15 Credit Points

Physiology of Human Organ Systems (BI25B2) - 15 Credit Points

Microbes, Infection and Immunity (BI25M5) - 15 Credit Points

Energy for Life (BI25M7) - 15 Credit Points

Research Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2501) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

In year 3 courses include biochemical pharmacology and toxicology and mechanisms of disease and principles of chemotherapy.

Compulsory Courses

Biochemical Pharmacology and Toxicology (PA3004) - 30 Credit Points

Working Out: Placement & Career Skills (BT3006) - 5 Credit Points

Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology (BM3501) - 15 Credit Points

Mechanisms of Disease and Principles of Chemotherapy (PA3802) - 15 Credit Points

Fundamentals of Immunology (IM3501) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 4

You will spend year 4 on placement in an industrial, commercial or research environment.

Compulsory Courses

Industrial Placement (BT5007) - 120 Credit Points

  • Year 5

In your Honours year the focus of taught courses is on special aspects of immunology and pharmacology. An important feature is the ten-week research project, carried out in research laboratories at the University or in local research institutes.

Compulsory Courses

Current Research in Immunology (IM4006) - 30 Credit Points

Molecular Pharmacology (PA4005) - 15 Credit Points

Immunology or Pharmacology Project (IM4504) - 60 Credit Points

 

 

A degree in Immunology and Pharmacology is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers - AAAB*
A Levels - ABB*
IB - 34 points, 6 at HL*
ILC - 5H with 4 at H2 and 1 at H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and Biology, OR AAABB including AB from Chemistry and Biology. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above.*

*Including good performance in Chemistry and Biology.

Advanced Entry - Advanced Highers AAB or A Levels AAB, or IB 36 points (6 at HL), including Biology and Chemistry, one of which must be an A-grade.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers - AAAB* A Levels - ABB* IB - 34 points, 6 at HL* ILC - 5H with 4 at H2 and 1 at H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and Biology, OR AAABB including AB from Chemistry and Biology. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above.* *Including good performance in...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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