Taught course

Immunology & Inflammatory Disease

University of Glasgow · College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have at least a second class Honours Degree or equivalent in Biomedical Science or a relevant subject. Alternative qualifications will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. You are required to provide two references and a full degree transcript with your application. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

The contribution of Inflammation and Immune dysfunction to a wide range of diseases, from Arthritis to Cancer to Obesity is becoming increasingly clear. The MSc in Immunology and Inflammatory Disease integrates basic, translational and clinical immunology and inflammation biology with cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques to equip students with both a working knowledge of Inflammatory disease together with state of the art research approaches used to study the area. This programme is subject to approval.

  • You will receive training in the disciplines of Immunology and Inflammation within an internationally recognized centre of excellence
  • New opportunities to work together with scientists, clinicians and pharmaceutical industry scientists to research, drug discovery to drive improvements in patient care in areas of critical international importance
  • You will attend UK Congress of Immunology
  • The University of Glasgow is home the ‘GLAZgo Discovery Unit’ a unique facility established between the Respiratory, Inflammation, Autoimmunity Medicines Unit at AstraZeneca and the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation to identify new pathways by which inflammation can promote diseases and ultimately create better medicines for patients, www.glazgodiscoverycentre.co.uk
  • The University of Glasgow is home to an Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre to recruit local patients to test new and existing drugs and to find new approaches that can predict which treatment works best in Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • The University of Glasgow is home to The Arthritis Research UK Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis Centre of Excellence (in collaboration with Birmingham and Newcastle Universities), which aims to find out more about the causes of rheumatoid arthritis,www.race-gbn.org/

Programme Structure

The MSc programme will consist of five taught courses and a project or dissertation, spread over 11-12 months. Three courses are compulsory, and two are chosen from a series of options.
The PGDip programme will consist of five taught courses, spread over 7-8 months, with three compulsary courses and two chosen from a series of options.
The PgCert programme consists one core taught course over 3-4 months.

4 Core courses

  • Immunology: Basic, Translational and Clinical
  • Omic technologies for the biomedical sciences: from genomics to metabolomics
  • Designing a research project: biomedical research methodology
  • Research project or dissertation

5 Optional Courses (choose 2)

  • Drug discovery
  • Diagnostic technologies and devices
  • Viruses and Cancer
  • Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health
  • Technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research

The course will include registration and attendance at the British Society for Immunology Annual Congress. This will enable:

  • exposure to the best international immunological research.
  • networking with prospective employers in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training): overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0. IBTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
7-8 months


full time
3-4 months

Course contact details

James Brewer