Postgraduate taught 

Precision Medicine (with specialisms) MSc

Inflammatory Disease BIOL5355

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Infection and Immunity
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide students with a holistic understanding of how the immune system causes inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis and cardiovascular disease.


This course consists of lectures and tutorials which take place in semester 2.

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,000-2,500 words approx.) - 50%

Poster - 25%

Exam - 25%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

Specifically, the course aims to provide:

■ Student's with the opportunity to utilise their knowledge and understanding of basic Immunology and apply this to aberrant immune processes in Inflammatory disease.

■ Student's with the opportunity to utilise their knowledge of Inflammatory disease to employ this in the context of Precision medicine.

■ Student's with practical training in data handling and analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a detailed and critical knowledge of molecular events involved in tissue repair and how inflammation associated with this is resolved.

2. Demonstrate a critical appraisal of host-pathogen interactions, the relationship between chronic infection and inflammation and their underlying molecular processes. 

3. Critically discuss Inflammatory processes in the context of various chronic diseases.

4. Critically appraise key and advanced concepts of Inflammatory disease in the context of Precision medicine.

5. Critically evaluate, interpret and analyse scientific data from the literature.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.