MSc Clinical Immunology

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Research Skills Masterclass (Immunology)

Unit code MEDN68100
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Institute of Inflammation and Repair
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will consist of a laboratory induction, 3 practical workshops and 1 masterclass
that will provide practical experience of the wet laboratory environment.
The workshops will be in the form of bench-based laboratory practical sessions whereby
the students will undertake a series of experiments. This will give the students some of
the practical skills required to undertake a research project. They will learn best practice
for recording experimental procedures and outcomes in a standard lab book, developing
reporting and analytical skills essential for forming the basis of a dissertation.


This unit aims to provide students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills
relating to laboratory based immunological techniques to enable them to undertake
experimental research in the medical immunology.

Teaching and learning methods

The learning and teaching processes will take the form of an interactive demonstration and practical laboratory classes.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Develop awareness of current best practice in laboratory health and safety and understand how to keep themselves and those around them safe within a laboratory environment.
  • Develop a theoretical understanding of the principles underlying the major laboratory techniques used in the immunology laboratory.

Intellectual skills

  • Acquire knowledge of a range of practical techniques used in the biomedical context and understand how to employ and adapt these within their own research applications.
  • Develop critical understanding of the limitations of particular techniques and their applications.

Practical skills

  • Acquire the practical skills to enable them to follow written standard laboratory methods and achieve expected outcomes.
  • Acquire technical competence in a range of biomedical and computational techniques.
  • Learn best practice for recording experimental procedures and outcomes in a standard laboratory notebook.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Be able to carry out laboratory techniques alone or in partnership with others safely and efficiently.
  • Demonstrate the ability to record experimental procedures in written form and to interpret experimental results obtained.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Practical skills assessment 100%

Feedback methods

Marks will be provided online within 3/4 weeks of assessment deadline

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Joanne Pennock Unit coordinator

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