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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:

£8,250 (an additional fee for externally-run modules will apply) (Pro-rata)

Overseas 2013/14:

£11,750 (an additional fee for externally-run modules will apply) (Pro-rata)

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Medical Research Council Studentships, and bursaries from the British Society for Medical Mycology may be available for this programme.

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

More information

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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. 

Medical Mycology MSc

This MSc, taught through distance learning, is designed to provide systematic training in the increasingly relevant subject of fungal infection, the diseases fungi cause and their diagnosis and treatment. The programme focuses on the practical elements of diagnosis, the identification of pathogenic fungi and the application of molecular techniques.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop knowledge in all aspects of medical mycology including the isolation and identification of fungal pathogens, superficial and systemic fungal infection, diagnosis, fungal pathogenicity, fungal genetics, molecular methods for diagnosis, identification, taxonomy and strain typing, the epidemiology and changing spectrum of fungal disease and antifungal chemotherapy.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This is an interactive degree using the UCL virtual learning environment (Moodle), plus DVD resource media containing structured videoed teaching from subject experts, intercut with audio visuals/slides and incorporating learning activities.

Informal virtual discussion fora for interaction between students on course topics and a private email link to your personal tutor, plus a virtual library, with links to UCL's wide range of online journals and databases.

Detailed personal feedback on each assignment from a course tutor who is aware of your professional background and priorities.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Part-time 3-5 years

MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Postgraduate Diploma students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits) for the MSc and eight core modules (120 credits) for the Diploma.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, part-time 2-4 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 2-3 years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Medical Mycology
  • Mycoses
  • Therapy of Fungal Infections
  • Molecular Methods in Medical Mycology
  • Practical Sessions (three course modules)
  • Research Methodology (MSc students only)
  • Portfolio of Yeasts and Moulds Identification (Postgraduate Diploma students only)


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The majority of the programme is taught through distance learning with the use of DVDs and the internet. There are three practical courses, and support is offered through a supervisory structure of local and UCL-based tutors. Assessment is through structured essays, unseen practical and written examination 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 science or medicine from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

It is a prerequisite of the programme that all students have regular access to a personal computer and the Internet and have acquired basic skills in their use.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for individuals working in the field of medical mycology who wish to enhance their knowledge, skills and experience to enable them to provide and take responsibility for a broad-based routine mycology service.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Medical Mycology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Medical Mycology 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 programme include:

  • HGA International: Biomedical Scientist
  • St James Hospital: Senior Medical Scientist
  • Royal Free Hospital: Clinical Scientist
  • Kings College Hospital: Microbiologist

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

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