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MSc Infection and Immunity

This programme teaches the language and concepts of infection and immunity through research-led teaching and has a strong focus on critical analysis and data interpretation.  Programme content spans the range from basic science to translational clinical research and culminates in a full time research project, providing an excellent training and preparation for a research career.

Watch Dr Richard Milne, Programme Director, and recent graduate Marta talk about the programme.

The MSc Infection & Immunity covers current issues in the biology of infectious agents, the epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, immunity and immune dysfunction. You will learn from UCL researches about their research and you will be trained in the art of research by carrying out a full-time research project in a UCL laboratory.

Students take a range of core and optional modules:

Core modules

Laboratory Introduction to Bacteriology
Molecular Virology
Immunology in Health and Disease
Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
Data Interpretation

Optional modules

Microbial Pathogenesis
Tropical Microbiology
Infection and Immunodeficiency in Children
Advanced Virology
HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinic
Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
Immunological Basis of Disease
Biofilms in Health and Disease
Introduction to and Principles of Medical Mycology
Infectious Diseases Epidemiology & Global Health Policy

Research Project

3 months full time

Full details of the programme content are available in the Programme Handbook:

Programme Handbook

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

Deadline for applications is Monday 3 August 2015 for entry in September 2015.

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 Sunday 30 August 2015.

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:
Derek Kempen, email: d.kempen@ucl.ac.uk    Tel: +44 (0) 20 3108 2133

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

Harriet Mok

MSc Infection and Immunity 2014-15

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"I applied for the MSc Infection and Immunity because of my interest in viruses and the immune response, and I entered with only a very basic understanding of the subject. The varied choice of modules, the research based lectures and laboratory projects, and my peers, helped me complete my postgraduate degree with an extensive knowledge of the overall concepts of infection and immunity, as well as an even deeper understanding of the topic that interested me most. Not only did this course provide me with the skills and scientific ability needed to undertake a PhD, but the 3 month laboratory project within the programme directly lead me to my current PhD position."

Alice Burton

MSc Infection and Immunity 2014-15

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“The breadth of amazing research happening at UCL means there is always something new to learn and experience first-hand. Doing this course confirmed to me my interest in immunology, and gave me the confidence and skills needed to pursue a PhD.”

Janusha Panchalingam

MSc Infection and Immunity 2014-15


“This programme has taught me a vast amount of research and learning skills, ready for a career path in research. The staff at UCL are outstanding from their teaching to providing fantastic guidance throughout the programme.”

Audrey Lin

MSc Infection and Immunity 2013-14

Audrey Lin

"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 Lond on. 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 2011-12

"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."

Vania Muiria

MSc Infection and Immunity 2010-11


"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 Director:

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

Programme Deputy:

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

Teaching Administrator:

Mr Derek Kempen
Email: d.kempen@ucl.ac.uk

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