Chronic Disease and Inflammation – MSc
Duration and mode of study
One year full-time
September each year
- First- or second-class honours degree in a life sciences subject providing a strong background in molecular biology and cell biology (e.g. Biological Sciences, Immunology or Biochemistry) or
- BTech with experience in a relevant field, such as NHS Chemical Pathology or a Bio-pharmaceutical laboratory or
- Medically qualified candidates may also apply, provided that they have a strong background in molecular biology and cell biology.
2012/2013 - Home/EU: £4,795 International: £14,645
2012/2013 - Home/EU: £5,010 International: £15,305
The World Health Organisation Global Burden of Disease Study has shown that non-communicable chronic disease accounts for ~ 60% of deaths globally. Major contributors include cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic kidney disease. Inflammation is the central driving force in much of this burden of chronic degenerative disease. This MSc course is therefore designed to integrate current cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular and cellular biology and immunology and use this to demonstrate:
- The fundamental processes of inflammation
- The molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease progression that are driven by inflammation
The course is carefully integrated and combines up-to-date practical and theoretical teaching methods to prepare students for careers in postgraduate biomedical research, medicine, and the bio-pharmaceutical industry.
Semester 1 (September to December) - Taught modules
- Core theory and techniques in inflammation
- Fundamental processes of inflammation
- Practical skills and data analysis (covering key techniques required for Semester 2)
- Advanced topics in inflammation and disease progression
Semester 2 (January to August) - Research module
- Research project and 12,000 word dissertation
Teaching and Assessment methods
The course caters for different student learning styles by offering a variety of teaching (formal lectures, practicals, tutorials and student presentations) and assessment modes (written, oral, practical, multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions).