University of Leeds: Infection, Immunity and Human Disease

InstitutionUniversity of Leeds
Department Faculty of Biological Sciences
Web http://www.leeds.ac.uk
Email fbspgt@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 343 1418
Study type Taught

Summary

**Understand, diagnose and combat human disease**

On this course you’ll gain an understanding of human disease through a series of specialist taught modules covering topics such as infectious and non-infectious disease, advanced immunology, medical diagnostics and treatment of infectious diseases and cancer.

To complement this you will also learn about a range of modern techniques and methodologies that underpin contemporary biomolecular sciences. These will include: molecular biology, structural biology, cell imaging and flow cytometry, high throughput techniques such as bioinformatics, and transgenic organisms.

You’ll also apply your knowledge to an extended practical investigation in the form of a laboratory-based project, involving practical training in a range of modern molecular biology and protein engineering techniques including gene cloning, PCR, mutagenesis, protein expression, protein purification and analysis.

To help you to develop and specialise, in the final part of the course you’ll get substantial subject-specific training through an independent laboratory-based research project in an area of infection, immunity or human disease related to your course options and interests. You’ll receive extensive training in experimental design, the practical use of advanced techniques and technologies, data analysis and interpretation, and will be assigned a research project supervisor who will support and guide you through your project.

If you have previous experience of immunology, you could opt to investigate the structure, regulation and development of the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, or explore aspects of human toxicology. These could include the actions of toxicants on the cardiovascular, immune and nervous systems, kidneys, liver and lungs, genetic toxicology and chemical carcinogenesis, and the effects of chemicals on foetal development.

If you choose to study at Leeds, you’ll join a faculty ranked 6th in the UK for its research impact in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), and you’ll graduate with the solid base of scientific knowledge and specialist skills highly valued by employers.

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