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  • 1. School of Molecular Medical Sciences MSc in Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • 2. The Course Aims of the Course The biggest modern breakthrough for cancer treatment has been antibody therapies. An increasing number of biotechnology companies have antibody- or vaccine-based cancer therapies in development. This course aims to attract students interested in tumour immunology who wish to pursue a career either in industry (biotechnology) or academia. The course covers both antibody and vaccine, cancer therapies and explores the immunology of the tumour host interface. In addition, students will learn about intellectual property and how to exploit scientific research in scientific writings, patents and in development of business plans applicable to the biotechnology industry. To gain practical experience in research students will carry out a research project in the field of tumour immunology. Aims and Objectives Acquire a specialised knowledge in tumour immunology with particular reference to monoclonal antibody and cancer vaccines Develop the critical and analytical power to evaluate scientific literature Perform a scientific research project Acquire the ability to communicate scientific results orally and in writing Learn about business exploitation of cancer therapy Why choose this course? If you are interested in learning about cancer immunotherapy then this is the only MSc course in the country to specialise entirely on this subject. “A course in Cancer Immunotherapy would provide valuable training for people wanting to seek a career in the biopharmaceutical industry where much of the research and development effort is focused on targeted biological therapies for cancer.” (Quote from Biotech company) Students from this course have gone on to study for a PhD, work in industry and study medicine. Entry Requirements Students should hold a good honours degree in a biological science, medical science or related subject. Exceptionally, students without a first degree but with at least a Higher National Diploma plus Accredited Prior Experiential Learning in the form of a minimum of 2 years training in a statutory approved laboratory may be admitted. Applicants whose first language is not English must normally achieve an overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS test (no less than 6 in any element), 573 on paper based TOEFL with 4.5 in written English, or 230 on the computer based TOEFL with 4.5 in the essay element. Tests must have been taken within the last 2 years. What do we offer? Support: Stimulating Environment: First-class facilities: Each student is allocated a The School of Molecular Medical The University library service personal tutor at the beginning of Sciences is a lively and varied provides access to more than a the course, and regular meetings school, carrying out research into a million books and journals and are scheduled throughout the variety of topics. The MSc is offered extensive IT facilities are available year. The University provides in a Division that has a very sound across all campuses. Postgraduate many other sources of support teaching and research base as well students have their own Graduate including the Counselling Service, as experience in biotechnology. We Centre and social space within the Office for Disability Issues, Study have consulted biotechnology Medical School. This all helps to Support Centre, Student Advice companies in designing this course maintain our reputation for Centre, International Office plus and individuals from industry will excellence. many more. lecture on the course.
  • 3. Course Structure The MSc is available as a one-year full-time course or a two-year part-time course for people in appropriate full- time employment The majority of modules are assessed by both written examinations and a combination of oral presentations, a practical and essays. The exceptions to this are the library dissertation, the research project and the scientific writing and business development modules. Immunity & the immune system (10 credits) Monoclonal antibodies (20 credits) An overview of the mechanisms and concepts This module will provide information on the generation underpinning the science of immunology. of monoclonal antibodies, clinical trials involving antibodies and the future uses of antibody therapy in Molecular basis of cancer (20 credits) cancer prevention. A series of lectures giving students an in-depth understanding of normal cell regulatory mechanism and Host-tumour interface (20 credits) how these are altered during the carcinogenic process. This module highlights the current understanding of the immunobiology of tumours. This will include the Tumour immunology (10 credits) following topics: immunosurveillance, tumour An overview of immunological approaches to cancer resistance, regulatory T cells, antigenic targets, immunotherapy and immunological mechanisms and cytokine therapy, non-specific immunity and animal how these may be used to optimise therapeutic models. approaches. Library dissertation (10 credits) Cancer vaccines (10 credits) Students will write a dissertation of approximately A series of lectures and discussion groups providing 4,000 words on a cancer immunotherapy topic. The information on cancer vaccines: what makes a good primary aim of the module is the development of the vaccine, different vaccine designs, animal models and students’ ability to research a subject in depth and immunological techniques. This module will cover produce a written and oral presentation. subjects that have been introduced on the tumour immunology module in more depth. Research project (60 credits) The research project will be undertaken on a tumour Scientific writing and business development Immunology related subject and will allow the student (20 credits) to learn the practical and intellectual skills necessary A series of lectures and workshops giving information for scientific investigation. The student will also gain on writing and applications for patents, writing grants/ experience in project management and acquire more papers and making posters. Invited speakers from specialised skills related to the project. Students may industry will contribute to this module. In addition be able to perform their projects in industrial students will learn how to write a business plan on a placements. This module is assessed on progress cancer immunotherapy concept. Students will write a reports (practical skills), a seminar presentation and a grant proposal on their intended research project and in scientific paper. Examples of project titles can be found groups students will generate a business plan. on our website. ‘This subject is currently undergoing massive expansion and yet qualified graduates are difficult to find. The industry as a whole would benefit from having a source of students with this qualification and from our point of view, such a course may provide candidates that are potentially useful to our company’. What are the costs? Fees for students who are British/EU citizens or have indefinite leave to remain in the UK, together with three years residency in the UK/EU prior to the start of the course will be set at approximately £4480 per year. Fees for International students will be around £14,260 per year. Costs are subject to increase each academic year, so please check prices at the time of application. Details of available studentships are available on our web site: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mol/msc_courses The University estimates that a figure of approximately £7,200 will be required for a single student spending twelve months at Nottingham. This figure includes accommodation, subsistence, purchase of clothing and books, some entertainment and internal travel. It does not cover the international airfare or the University fee.
  • 4. Nottingham Life The University The University of Nottingham main campus is situated within 330 acres of landscaped parkland, and is just a short bus ride away from Nottingham city centre. The most recent research assessment exercise (RAE) confirmed The University of Nottingham's position as a world class research-led institution. Over 60% of the University's RAE scores identified research as being of a level of international excellence. With over 100,000 students at the city's universities and colleges, Nottingham is a vibrant city with plenty to keep its youthful population busy. Its compact city centre, only ten minutes away from the Nottingham campuses by bus or bike, combines heritage and history with contemporary culture. International Students The University of Nottingham is a popular choice for international students, with over 6000 students coming from more than 130 different countries. The International Office provides support and information right through from the time of application to when you graduate. A welcome week is provided prior to the start of the academic term. They can be contacted at: International Office, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK. Tel: +44 (0)115 951 5247; Fax: +44 (0)115 951 5155; Email: International-office@nottingham.ac.uk. The School Molecular Medical Sciences is a lively and diverse school, with ongoing research in Molecular and Cellular Bacteriology, Virology, Immunology, Human Genetics and Translational Cancer Research. We have around 40 members of academic staff and more than 60 research and support staff. This fosters an exciting and active environment for all of our postgraduate students - there are approximately 80 MSc students and 75 research students within our school alone. The School attracts funding from a variety of sources, including the Research Councils, European Union, Medical Charities and Industry. The MSc course is co-ordinated by staff within the Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology. The Department is based at the City Hospital, a short distance from the University of Nottingham campus and centre of Nottingham. A regular bus and shuttle service operates between the City Hospital and the University Medical School. Applying for a place MSc Course Enquiries School of Molecular Medical Sciences If you would like to apply for this course, please A Floor, West Block apply on-line at: University Hospital Nottingham https://pgapps.nottingham.ac.uk/ NG7 2UH The on-line application process is quick, and allows Tel: +44 (0)115 823 0775 you to track the progress of your application at any Fax: +44 (0)115 823 0759 time. Email: mol-postgrad@nottingham.ac.uk Web: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mol

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