University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Human Disease and Therapy

The need to develop new strategies to combat both infectious and non-infectious diseases remains a major global challenge. This degree aims to enhance the employability of students wishing to work in these areas by providing training in the mechanisms underpinning a spectrum of infectious and non-infectious diseases, together with current and new diagnostic and treatment strategies. Students will learn about the latest molecular, genetic and cellular approaches currently being used to understand, diagnose and treat human disease. The course covers: Mechanisms underpinning human diseases of global significance, including viral, bacterial and parasitic infections, cancer, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease and chromosomal abnormalities. The role of the immune system in the response to infection and disease, covering topics such as innate and adaptive, immunity, allergy and immune evasion. Techniques used to diagnose disease including traditional methods such as PCR and ELISA and novel methods involving genome and proteome analysis.Approaches used to treat infections and cancer including drug and vaccine design, gene therapy and novel RNA-based therapy. This programme is suitable for students wishing to progress to a higher research degree (PhD) and for those who wish to enter employment in a higher capacity in industry or in the public sector.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, but relevant experience may be taken into account. GCSE English language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Course modules

Modules include: cancer biology covering the mechanisms underpinning tumour development and progression with particular emphasis on cancer therapy including gene therapy, drug therapy and immunotherapy; novel therapies covering stem cells in regenerative medicine, RNAi therapy, future use of antibiotics and the drug discovery process.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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Biological Sciences Postgraduate Admissions
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