University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Immunology and Immunotherapy

This programme is for biomedical or life scientists who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in both immunology and its translation to immunotherapy. A series of interlinked taught modules cover molecular mechanisms in immune cell differentiation and function, autoimmunity, transplant and tumour immunology, and inflammation. This is complemented by comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in immunotherapy including the use of microbial products in immunomodulation and vaccination, small molecules and biologics, as well as cellular immunotherapy.

Entry requirements

Life science or biomedical science degree normally classified at 2.1 or above or equivalent. English requirements are: IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band, TOEFL 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band, or PTE Academic 67 in all 4 skills.

Course modules

The content of the programme is broadly divided into 2 components: the taught modules and the independent research project (dissertation). Modules: Introduction to immunology; laboratory research methods in immunology; immunology and immunotherapy journal club; molecular mechanisms in immune cell differentiation and function; transplant, autoimmunity and tumour immunology; inflammation and cell migration. Immunotherapy: this module builds on basic knowledge provided in previous modules with a focus on applied immunology and translating basic science into safe and effective therapeutics. This module is divided into 4 sections: microbes -immunomodulation and vaccination, small molecules, cellular and biologics. research project in immunology and immunotherapy.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a variety of means including extended essays (up to 3000 words), preparation of a research proposal, preparing and conducting a short presentation on a defined topic related to the module content, and unseen written examination (essays, short answer, MCQ).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 20,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
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0121 414 5005