University of Glasgow extends its Masters programmes to Infection Biology

The programme aims to help graduates develop their knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms

January 31, 2014 8:08 IST | India Infoline News Service
A new Masters programme in Infection Biology is being introduced by the University of Glasgow to add to its suite of postgraduate taught programmes.
Its aim is to help graduates develop their knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses and parasites cause disease in humans and in domesticated animals, and the immune responses generated by these hosts to such pathogens.
The course offers considerable flexibility: participants can specialise in either virology, microbiology (bacteriology) or parisitology. Optional courses include translational or applied areas such as technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research, drug discovery and diagnostic technologies and devices.
The programme allows graduates to study in an institute housing two UK national centres of excellence – in virology and parasitology – which are also active in the Scottish Infection Research Network, focusing on healthcare-related infections. They will also work in the laboratories of internationally-recognised infection biology researchers, conducting high-quality basic, translational and clinical science. Access will also be afforded to a combination of highly-specialised equipment, unique in Scotland, including cutting-edge in vitro and in vivo research facilities for biological imaging, high-content screening microscopy, and a state-of-the-art polyomics facility bringing together metabolomics, proteomics, genomics, transcriptomics and integrations of data sets with bioinformatics.
Students can opt to specialise in one of the three areas of infection biology and will graduate with a named specialism eg MSc Infection Biology (Microbiology). The course offers excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business.
Optional courses include:
· Drug discovery;
· Diagnostic technologies and devices;
· Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health;
· Technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research.
This particular programme, MSc in Infection Biology (with specialisms) which replaces Masters degrees in Infection and Immunobiology, offers graduates career opportunities in both research and industry. About half of the University of Glasgow’s MSc students enter a research career, mainly by undertaking further postgraduate research studies towards a PhD, or by working in research laboratories in clinical or academic settings, including national government laboratories. Other students go on to work in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic or biotechnological industries.
The fee for an international student is £17,250 and a range of scholarships is available to applicants from India

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