University of Glasgow: Immunology and Inflammatory Disease

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


The contribution of inflammation and immune dysfunction to a wide range of diseases, from arthritis to cancer to obesity is becoming increasingly clear. The MSc in Immunology and Inflammatory Disease integrates basic, translational and clinical immunology and inflammation biology with cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques to equip students with both a working knowledge of inflammatory disease together with state of the art research approaches used to study the area.

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September start
MSc: 12 months full-time**


You will receive training in the disciplines of immunology and inflammation within an internationally recognised centre of excellence.

You will have opportunities to work together with scientists, clinicians and pharmaceutical industry scientists on research and drug discovery to drive improvements in patient care in areas of critical international importance.

You will attend the UK Congress of Immunology.

The University of Glasgow is home the **GLAZgo Discovery Unit**, a unique facility established between the Respiratory, Inflammation, Autoimmunity Medicines Unit at AstraZeneca and the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation to identify new pathways by which inflammation can promote diseases and ultimately create better medicines for patients.

The University of Glasgow is home to an Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre to recruit local patients to test new and existing drugs and to find new approaches that can predict which treatment works best in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The University of Glasgow is home to the **ARUK Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis Centre of Excellence** (in collaboration with Birmingham and Newcastle Universities), which aims to find out more about the causes of rheumatoid arthritis.


The MSc programme will consist of five taught courses and a project or dissertation, spread over 11-12 months. Three courses are compulsory and two are chosen from a series of options.
The PgDip programme will consist of five taught courses, spread over 7-8 months, with three compulsory courses and two chosen from a series of options.
The PgCert programme consists of one core taught course over 3-4 months.

**Four core courses**
- Immunology: basic, translational and clinical

- Omic technologies for the biomedical sciences: From genomics to metabolomics

- Designing a research project: biomedical research methodology

- Research project or dissertation

**Five optional courses (choose two)**
- Diagnostic technologies and devices

- Animal models of disease

- Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health

- Technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research

- Emerging viruses

- Neuroinflammation

- Bioimaging for research scientists

- Omic technologies for the biomedical sciences

The course will include registration and attendance at the British Society for Immunology Annual Congress. This will enable
- exposure to the best international immunological research.

- networking with prospective employers in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

- excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business.

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

The programme provides an ideal grounding for progression to further research studies in immunology, inflammation and infectious diseases, or for a career in pharmaceutical/bioscience industries.


Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
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