Immunology is the study of how the body defends itself against disease. It helps us understand how the immune system is tricked into attacking its own tissue, leading to diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or allergy.
Microbiology is the study of the smallest living organisms (micro-organisms or microbes). Microbes are a major cause of disease in humans but they can also be useful in industrial processes from pollution control to the production of important therapeutic compounds.
The development of both has long been linked with the development of vaccines for smallpox and anthrax by Jenner and Pasteur respectively.
More recently, the application of modern techniques of biology to the immune system has led to a dramatic increase in our understanding of the immune system and its impact on body function, as well as in the control of microbial and other types of disease.
The interface between immunology and microbiology is a very active area for both fundamental research and for the development of new biotechnological products to diagnose or prevent disease.
Modern techniques based on monoclonal antibodies are revolutionising the identification of micro-organisms in the clinical laboratory, as well as in the food industry and agriculture.
The opportunity to choose specific degree combinations will allow you to go into specialist biomedical science areas such as neuroscience, cardiovascular research, immunopharmacology, industrial immunology, drug research, biochemistry, microbiology and bacteriology.
You could be involved in the development of drugs, food processing, protecting the environment, fighting disease or even slowing down the ageing process.
Immunology and Microbiology (Hons) graduates from the University of Strathclyde have found jobs in the pharmaceutical, biotech and agrochemical industries, hospitals and public service laboratories, environmental centres, analytical and forensic science labs, universities, the scientific civil service and teaching at all levels.
Royal Society of Biology
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- Being a Biomolecular Scientist
- Cells & their molecules
- Organisms & Disease
- Bio-Organic Chemistry
- Advanced Immunology
- Advanced Microbiology
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- 36 months
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- Honours: 480 credits
DisciplinesBiomedicine Microbiology Biochemistry View 100 other Masters in Microbiology in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Year 1 entry: AABB or AAAC (two sciences, including Higher Biology/Human Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry |(if not at Higher) National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B; Maths National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B; English National 5 B/Standard Grade 2/Int 2 B)
- Year 2 entry: BB (Chemistry B and Biology/Human Biology B, in addition to requirements for Year 1 above)
- Year 1 entry: BBB (two Sciences, including Biology B or Chemistry B; Chemistry (if not at A Level) GCSE B, Maths GCSE B, GCSE English Language B or English Literature B
- Typical entry requirements: ABB
- Year 2 entry: ABB (Chemistry and Biology (AB/BA), Maths and English as for Year 1 entry)
- Typical entry requirements: AAA
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International20650 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 20650 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
EU/EEA1820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
- Rest of UK: £9,250
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.