Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity) MresSt George's, University of London
Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity) MRes
Biomedical scientists work at the cutting edge of research and medicine, helping to solve some of the most threatening diseases and conditions facing mankind. St George’s boasts a renowned heritage in this field, constantly developing new and innovative solutions to enhance diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of numerous diseases. Edward Jenner, the ‘father of immunology’ who successfully performed the first vaccination against smallpox, was based at St George’s. More recently, our research has included a focus on tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV in low and middle-income countries.
This compelling course enables you to continue that pioneering work. It will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experience for a rewarding career in biomedical science or to progress on to a fulfilling research degree such as a PhD.
You can look forward to working directly alongside high-calibre researchers who are leading and respected experts in their fields. You will also learn numerous, valuable transferable skills including; critical appraisal, problem-solving, research techniques, utilising large data, numeracy, and presenting skills.
To be considered for this course, you will need to:
- meet the entry criteria
- write a personal statement
- provide two suitable references.
Undergraduate degree or equivalent
You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry.
We welcome applications from individuals from a range of backgrounds, including humanities, science and healthcare.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Research methods
- Research project planning and management
- Research project
Specialist module – Infection and Immunity
This 30 credit module covers the broad area of infectious disease, taking advantage of active research taking place at St George’s by exploring some of the specific causes of infection such as tuberculosis, malaria, MRSA and viral infections such as HIV. You will learn about the cellular and molecular responses to infection, including innate and adoptive immune responses, and responses that are deleterious.
The module provides insight into the pathogenesis of infection and the virulence mechanisms involved. It also demonstrates how an understanding of these processes drives vaccine development, antibiotic treatment and immunotherapy. You will learn how new sequencing technologies and ‘omics’ methodologies are providing novel insights into the human microbiota, susceptibility to infection, tracking of infectious disease, and mechanisms underlying resistance to antibiotics.
Past research projects
- Bioinfomatic approaches to meta-data analysis of drugs and drug targets
- Lung-targeted vaccination for tuberculosis
- Inflammatory mediator production resulting from interactions between house dust mite allergens and stimulation of virus pattern-recognition receptors
- Identification of glucose transporters in the airway epithelium and their role in glucose homeostasis
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods, such as lectures, course-specific seminars and small group sessions. You will also participate in self-directed study and wider reading, as well as individual and group practical sessions.
- UK students: £13,750 per year
- International and EU students: £23,500 per year
If you want to pursue a career in biomedical research – whether in academia, industry or government – this course will open up a world of opportunities. Many St George’s graduates have gone on to work in a variety of exciting and fulfilling careers in the biotech industry.
The course is highly effective in accelerating your development within your general healthcare career. The depth and quality of the academic research that you will undertake on your nine month project will also put you in a good position to apply for a PhD.
About this institute
St George's, University of London
At St George’s, University of London, we’ve been improving health for over 250 years. As the UK’s specialist health university, we offer a wide array of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in medicine, health and science, from the exploration of global...
Why study at St George's, University of London
At St George’s, University of London, we’ve been improving health for over 250 years. As the UK’s specialist health university, we offer a wide array of medicine, science and allied health courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level to provide you with the skills and experience you need to take your next step.
St George’s excellence has been recognised by The Complete University Guide as the top university for graduate prospects for four years in a row. We prepare our students with the skills and knowledge to develop into well-rounded individuals equipped for the lifelong careers.
Our close links with local healthcare trusts, in particular St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with which we share a campus, put us in a unique position to give our students a real taste of what their future working lives hold. St George’s is tackling today’s challenges head-on, such as the work our researchers, staff and students are currently undertaking to combat Covid-19. By studying with us, you will join a community that is making a difference.
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