University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen


The course aims to confer on students an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of the cellular and molecular biological basis of the immune system. Focusing on the relevance of the immune response in the maintenance of health and development of disease, graduates will be able to attain the intellectual and practical skills needed to address both theoretical and technical aspects of modern biomedical research. In common with the other molecular biosciences Master's courses, the course builds on recent advances in genomics to understand the generation of immunological diversity at a cellular level, how this imparts variability in immune responses at the individual and population level and the relevance of the immune system in disease areas such as autoimmunity, cancer, allergy and microbial infections.

Entry requirements

A 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in immunology, molecular biology or medical biosciences discipline. International applicants must also meet the English language requirements of the University

Course modules

1st semester: Introduction to immunology; current topics in immunology research; applied statistics; bioinformatics; introduction to molecular biology. 2nd semester: Immunogenetics; host-pathogen interactions; genome-enabled medicine; research tutorials in immunology. Also, research project and dissertation.

Assessment methods

Taught courses are assessed by a combination of written assignments and reports and by examination. A dissertation on the research project is written in the form of a research paper.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

Graduate School Secretary
Telephone number: 
01224 437097