Medical Mycology MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate

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.

Mode of study

  • Flexible 3-5 years
  • Distance learning

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £12,100

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

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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?

The Division of Infection and Immunity has been scored in the top five research centres in the UK, and has strong links with international centres. It hosts research in immunology, virology, microbiology and autoimmunity, and aims to link fundamental laboratory research with the clinical interests of UCL Hospitals.

Over the past decade, this has been the only masters programme available in Medical Mycolo gy in the UK and, to our knowledge, it remains the only distance-learning based programme in this subject in the world. It is a unique interactive degree course using the UCL virtual learning environment (Moodle), plus DVD resource media containing structured videoed teaching from national and international subject experts from the British Society for MEdical Mycology, intercut with audi visuals/slides and incorporating learning activities.

Practical modules tackle diagnostic, molecular and antifungal susceptibility assays, providing the student with the tools for further research and service activities. They also enable students to meet up and network with each other and faculty members.

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.

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 online lectures (or DVDs) and the internet. There are three practical courses (to be completed in the UK), 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:


Medical Research Council Studentships, and bursaries from the British Society for Medical Mycology 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

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.

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?

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

Top career destinations for this programme

  • HGA International, Biomedical Scientist, 2009
  • Royal Free Hospital, Clinical Scientist, 2009
  • Kings College Hospital, Microbiologist, 2010
  • UCL, PhD Studentship, 2008
  • Berne Switzerland, Mycology Laboratory Director, 2011


Over the last ten years this course has provided students with one of the few available postgraduate qualifications in medical mycology, marking them out as "card carrying" medical mycologists. As a result, students have gone on to gain employment in research and health service laboratories and as consultants in medical microbiology, to become responsible for national quality assutanec schemes, to enrol in PhD studies, and to enhance their future career prospects by demonstrating expertise in this specialised field.

Next steps


Ms Carol Tate

T: +44 (0)20 7794 0500 ext. 34951


Division of Infection & Immunity

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