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Contact details

Ms Isabel Lubeiro

Email: i.lubeiro@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 2133 ext 52133

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Medical Research Council Studentships may be available for this programme.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Infection and Immunity

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

80% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Infection and Immunity MSc

Infectious diseases and immune disorders have a huge impact on the health and the economy of society. The emergence of old and new pathogens, such as bird flu, MRSA, TB and HIV, illustrate why research is important. This unique programme meets the demands of young scientists and clinicians in this field.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides students with research into infection and immunity and how it translates into the patient clinic, offering the latest developments in molecular diagnosis, therapeutics and patient management. Students gain a grounding in the research methods and techniques used to study infectious disease and the immunology of the host.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Infection and Immunity MSc introduces exciting new themes that reflect the research and clinical excellence within UCL's Division of Infection and Immunity and affiliated institutes, and students benefit from the expertise of first-class teaching staff and industry speakers in this field.

The last three months is spent on a practical research project which may be lab based or bioinformatics that can be undertaken in the UK or abroad. Strong links exist in several African countries where placements can be made.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible 2-5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (60 credits), three optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time two years, and flexible study two to five years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time three months, and flexible study up to two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Laboratory Introduction to Basic Bacteriology
  • Molecular Virology
  • Immunity in Health and Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Experimental Design and Research Methods in Medical Microbiology


  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Tropical Microbiology
  • Infection and Immunodeficiency in Children
  • Frontiers in Therapeutics Development in Infection and Immunity
  • Advance Virology
  • HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinic
  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Biofilms in Health and Disease
  • Introduction and Principles of Medical Mycology


All MSc students undertake an independent laboratory or non-laboratory research project in the areas of Tropical Microbiology, Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Immunology which culminates in a 7,500-word dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, database mining, journal articles, wet-lab based experiments and self-directed learning. The last three months of the programme is spent on a laboratory or non-laboratory research project. Assessment is through coursework, unseen written examination, project reports, oral presentation and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in biomedical or life science from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

Please apply online; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. 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.

Who can apply?

This programme is particularly suitable for scientists or clinicians who wish to train in the field of infection and immunity. It offers a varied diet of courses and a laboratory or bioinformatics research project in clinical microbiology, tropical microbiology, virology or immunology.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Infection and Immunity at graduate level
  • why you want to study Infection and Immunity at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


First destinations of recent graduates of the department include:

  • University of Oxford: Clinical Research Fellow
  • PPD: Clinical Research Assistant
  • Swansea University: Clinical Senior Lecturer
  • UCL: Research Fellow
  • UCB Celtic: Characterisation Scientist
  • Envision Pharma: Medical Writer

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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