The World Health Organisation Global Burden of Disease Study has shown that non-communicable chronic disease accounts for about 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. Non-communicable inflammatory diseases affect nearly all organ systems of the body including the skin, endocrine glands, gut, lungs, kidneys, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular system. Accordingly, there is high demand worldwide for well-qualified researchers in immunity who understand the molecular and cellular basis of inflammation.
This Postgraduate Degree integrates cutting-edge research in molecular and cellular biology and in immunology to demonstrate:
•The fundamental processes of inflammation
•The molecular and cellular mechanisms of disease progression that are driven by inflammation
You will develop your knowledge of the molecular and cellular processes of inflammation. In addition to laboratory practicals and teaching by researchers and clinicians from the University´s College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, you complete a six month laboratory-based research placement.
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2:2 degree in a biological science (e.g. Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or Immunology)
Or a BTEC with experience in a field related to chronic disease and immunity, such as a health service or biopharmaceutical laboratory
Or a medical or veterinary degree, provided that the course included significant elements of molecular biology, and immunology
English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Core Theory and Practical Techniques in Chronic Disease and Inflammation (covering key techniques required for Semester 2)
Immunity and Inflammation
Advanced topics in inflammation and disease progression (a more specialist, interactive module)
Project: At the end of the first semester you will start your research project, to be undertaken from January until July in the second semester under the supervision of a member of staff. Your project write-up will be submitted as a dissertation and forms a major part of the final degree mark. It may be possible to undertake a project in the Universities of Nantes or Rennes in France as part of an Erasmus Exchange Scheme.
The research training you receive and the research project you conduct will provide a training that PhD supervisors and employers value highly when recruiting their postgraduate research students from around the world.
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