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.
Students will attend a top-ten global university. The Division of Infection and Immunity has been scored in the top 5 research centres in the UK. Affiliated clinical staff are UK’s best in translation research.
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
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:
- Laboratory introduction to basic bacteriology
- Molecular virology
- Immunology in Health and Disease
- Experimental design and research methods in medical microbiology
Plus three optional modules from:
- Microbial Pathogenesis
- Tropical Microbiology
- Infection and Immunodeficiency in children
- Frontiers in therapeutic development in Infection & Immunity
- 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.
Full-time, part-time and flexible study will be available.
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
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
A first or second class honors 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, Tel: +44 (0) 20 3108 2133
UK/EU 2014/15 (Full-time): £10,800
Overseas 2014/15 (Full-time): £21,700
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.
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