Infection and Immunity MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate

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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible 2-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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 strong 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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), one compulsory modules (15 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time, 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
  • Compulsory module:
  • 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
  • Advanced Virology
  • HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinic
  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Biofilms in Health and Disease
  • Infectious Diseases Epidemology and Global Health Policy (CIHDG045)
  • 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:


Medical Research Council Studentships may be available for this programme.

Scholarships available for this department

Graduate Scholarships for MSc Molecular Medicine

These scholarships are intended to recognise academic excellence, acheivement and potential.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject from a recognized university. Applicants not meeting this standard may be considered if they have significant relevant experience.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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.


Working at the 'coal face' if research during the project facilitates networking with senior researchers with interntional reputations and world-wide collaborators. This can provide students with unique opportunities for continuing in research if they so wish. Some of our students have been included as authors of scientific publications which can be included on their CV's - greatly enhancing their job prospects.

This MSc provides students with an excellent basis for which to pursue their careers, whether remaining in the biomedical sciences or elsewhere.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • North Middlesex Hospital, Pharmacy Support Assistant, 2011
  • Queen Mary University of London, Research Assistant, 2011
  • Addenbrooke's Hospital, Medical Technical Officer, 2011
  • Campden BRI, Sensory Scientist, 2011
  • Royal Veterinary College, Further Postgraduate study (MRes), 2011


Many students on this course have gone on to study for a PhD at Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College as well as other academic institutes nationally and internationally. Students from Europe are required to gain an MSc to enable them to study for a PhD in their home country and many of our European students have successfully gone on to do a higher degree. Some students already in employment, e.g. Clinical Scientists, are undertaking the Postgraduate certificate to enhance their portfolios towards their continuing professional development. In addition, all the modules are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Scientists which awards CPD credits. Clinicians and veterinarians have taken this MSc to enable them to follow a clinical research career. Students also gain transferable skills such as critical reasoning, problem solving and original thinking that are invaluable for any future employment.

Next steps


Ms Isabel Lubeiro

T: +44 (0)20 3108 2133 ext. 52133


Division of Infection & Immunity

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Student View

"The lessons and lectures in my MSc programme were really effective. They fostered the inventive, independent thinking and analytical abilities that will help me prepare for the advanced research I plan to do."

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Degree: Molecular Medicine MSc

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