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    Which universities offer the highest level MSc in Molecular Biology and the highest level MSc in Immunology in the UK? Is it Oxbridge? Or is there any other alternative of high level?
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    There isn't such a thing as the highest level, though I guess the usual suspects are the most 'prestigious' (Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL etc). Though I don't think prestige matters nowhere near as much in science as it does if you're doing business or law or something. That and the Biomedial sciences are so fractured that you'll see vast variations between courses that will probably eclipse the prestige of the university in making a choice.

    If you want straight basic immunology etc, then Imperial. If you want combined microbiology and immunology, then UCL. If you want basic and clinical style immunology then Oxford. If you want clinical diagnostic immunology then there will be courses for that (Queen Mary I think) You get the idea.
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    Great blacklight, that was the kind of answer I was looking for. Thank you very much!! Think I´m going to try Oxford then.

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    There isn't such a thing as the highest level, though I guess the usual suspects are the most 'prestigious' (Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL etc). Though I don't think prestige matters nowhere near as much in science as it does if you're doing business or law or something. That and the Biomedial sciences are so fractured that you'll see vast variations between courses that will probably eclipse the prestige of the university in making a choice.

    If you want straight basic immunology etc, then Imperial. If you want combined microbiology and immunology, then UCL. If you want basic and clinical style immunology then Oxford. If you want clinical diagnostic immunology then there will be courses for that (Queen Mary I think) You get the idea.
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    (Original post by maromad89)
    Great blacklight, that was the kind of answer I was looking for. Thank you very much!! Think I´m going to try Oxford then.
    Glad to be of help. I'm at UCL, but I was a bit undecided between branches of microbiology and immunology. Definitely check out the range though, generally a decent guide of 'good' universities in the UK would be members of the Russel and 1994 groups. There are some good universities outside of that, but I think if you are coming from abroad and paying high fees then those would be the most worthwhile in general.

    The Oxford course is a bit more clinical research orientated than the others I mentioned, and Oxford certainly is the most heard of if you leave the UK. I think that course has a pretty even split of medical students (who will generally be older) and science students. I'm not really sure it is so 'molecular' in its orientation though, or none more so than a regular immunology course. Cambridge I think focuses on Masters by research, so has very few taught MSc courses. Certainly last year they had no such courses.

    I think you should seriously consider Imperial though, since it seems to be a pretty 'pure' course with a substantial molecular approach. Being in London has its own advantages and disadvantages though.
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    Great, I think I´ll have a try with Oxford so, as I am mainly interested in doing research in Clinical (Applied) Immunology instead of basic immunology.

    Thank you very much, you´ve been of great help!

    (Original post by blacklight)
    Glad to be of help. I'm at UCL, but I was a bit undecided between branches of microbiology and immunology. Definitely check out the range though, generally a decent guide of 'good' universities in the UK would be members of the Russel and 1994 groups. There are some good universities outside of that, but I think if you are coming from abroad and paying high fees then those would be the most worthwhile in general.

    The Oxford course is a bit more clinical research orientated than the others I mentioned, and Oxford certainly is the most heard of if you leave the UK. I think that course has a pretty even split of medical students (who will generally be older) and science students. I'm not really sure it is so 'molecular' in its orientation though, or none more so than a regular immunology course. Cambridge I think focuses on Masters by research, so has very few taught MSc courses. Certainly last year they had no such courses.

    I think you should seriously consider Imperial though, since it seems to be a pretty 'pure' course with a substantial molecular approach. Being in London has its own advantages and disadvantages though.
 
 
 
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