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MSc Infection and Immunity

Infectious diseases and immune disorders have a huge impact on the health and the economy of society. The re-emergence of old pathogens and emergence of new ones, such as bird flu, MRSA, TB and HIV, are just a few examples of why research in this field is important.

In our scientific and clinical research programmes, experts of international standing work together at the frontiers of human health to translate fundamental ideas from cells to clinic, addressing host-pathogen interactions, new diagnostic and therapeutic platforms and the prevention and cure of infections and chronic inflammatory diseases.

The MSc Infection and Immunity offered at UCL is unique and has been designed to meet the demands of young scientists or clinicians in the field of infection and immunity.

Open Day: Friday 27 June 2014  -  Programme

We hold an annual open day at the main UCL campus in Bloomsbury, London. This is an oppportunity to hear more about what our programme, and UCL, can offer you and to meet staff and current students. Contact the programme administrator, Isabel Lubeiro for more information.

Full-time and flexible study will be available.

MSc: one calendar year full-time or two to five years on flexible study.

Postgraduate Diploma: 9 calendar months full time (8 x 15 UCL credit modules without the 3-month research project), or two to five years on flexible learning.

Postgraduate Certificate: up to 12 weeks full-time (4 x 15 UCL credit modules), and up to two academic years part-time

Course Handbook 2013-14

Term 1 Timetable 2013-14

What does the programme offer?

Eight modules spread across nine months with 250 hours of contact time. Teaching initially consists of five core modules, with optional modules to follow. Exciting new themes have been introduced, such as Biofilms in health and disease (including quorum sensing and device-associated infections); HIV Frontiers from research to clinic (covering lentiviral vectors for use in gene therapy) and Frontiers in therapeutic development in Infection & Immunity (describing drug discovery through to clinical trials) that reflect the research and clinical excellence within UCL’s Division of Infection and Immunity and affiliated institutes. The last 3 months is spent on a practical research project that can be undertaken in the UK or abroad. Strong links exist in several African countries where placements can be made, such as the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre at Tumaini University in Moshi, Tanzania. The modules are as follows:

Core modules

  • Laboratory introduction to basic bacteriology
  • Molecular virology
  • Immunology in Health and Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Experimental design and research methods in medical microbiology

Plus three optional modules from:

  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Tropical Microbiology
  • Infection and Immunodeficiency in children
  • Advance Virology
  • HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinic
  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Biofilms in Health and Disease
  • Introduction to and Principles of Medical Mycology
  • Infectious diseases epidemiology & global health policy

You will have contact with first-class teaching staff and industry speakers who will challenge you to consider the impact of all the elements of this exciting and fast-moving field

Strong links with international centres.

The programme leads to an MSc in Infection and Immunity with a sub-speciality in either Clinical Microbiology, Tropical Microbiology, Virology, or Immunology that is based on the student’s preference and availability. It is taught by the Division of Infection and Immunity, with affiliated institutions such as the Eastman Dental Institute and the Institute of Child Health.

Research projects leading to a dissertation will be offered where posible in the areas of:

  • Tropical Medicine
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Immunology

Deadline for applications is Friday 1 August 2014 for entry in September 2014.

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Overseas applicants should ensure they reply to their UCL Offer of study by Friday 30 August 2014.

You can find information on UCL application process in the Graduate Prospectus

Entry Requirements
A first or upper second class honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in biomedical or life sciences from a recognized university, or an appropriate professional qualification or work experience established by review.

English Language Proficiency
If your first language is not English, please refer to the UCL regulations concerning English Language Proficiency

For information on applications please contact:
Isabel Lubeiro, email: i.lubeiro@ucl.ac.uk    Tel: +44 (0) 20 3108 2133

UK/EU 2014/15 (Full-time): £10,800

Overseas 2014/15 (Full-time): £21,700

Click here for UCL fees information

Full details of funding opportunities can be found at UCL Scholarships website

Audrey Lin

Audrey Lin
MSc Infection and Immunity 2013

"I am very happy with the quality of education that I received at UCL, and am pleased that I have chosen to attend UCL for my MSc instead of other universities in London. I feel that I have acquired many valuable skills during my time here that will be useful for my future career in research - thanks to faculty at UCL who are not only great researchers but educators too!​"

Cajan Aathithan
MSc Infection and Immunity 2011

"Working in sterile conditions requires specially honed skills and attitudes which I have acquired from my MSc, especially during the research project when working with hazard group 3 pathogens. Without the significant impetus of research work of this MSc and with the world renowned reputation of UCL, there wouldn't be much to differentiate myself from other Microbiology graduates; thus this MSc has put me in good stead onto the first step into the pharmaceutical industry."


Ms Vania Muiria
MSc Infection and Immunity 2010

"The first thing that attracted me to UCL was the fact that I could watch and learn from world class researchers and lecturers.

The MSc Infection and Immunity was a very pleasant surprise for me. Firstly, it gave the students the opportunity to integrate scientific research with clinical perspectives, giving them wide choices for their future careers. Secondly, apart from the theoretical general knowledge related to subjects like Immunology, Virology or current ongoing UCL research, this degree also enhanced our practical skills, by offering us lab experience related to molecular and cellular biology.

My three month MSc final project in Tanzania gave me the opportunity to practice both theoretical and practical skills learnt during the course. The project helped me to understand how to work in a highly demanding environment, obliging me to design research procedures that would fit lab settings of developing countries in order to pursue the project aims.

Course Key words: Outstanding academic research/teaching, flexibility and of course…London."

Programme Directors:

Professor Tim McHugh
Email: t.mchugh@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Richard Milne
Email: richard.milne@ucl.ac.uk

Teaching Administrator:

Ms Isabel Lubeiro
Email: i.lubeiro@ucl.ac.uk

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