Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3/4 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
- £21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)
A first class degree, or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a Russell Group University, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an appropriate Master’s degree.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
- Infection, which includes a strong virology community, both basic and translational (HIV-1, retroviruses, herpes viruses, hepatitus B and C viruses), clinically orientated research in bacteriology (mycobacterium tuberculosis).
- Immunology, which includes T cell development and function, aging, innate immunity, host responces to infection, autoimmune diseases (diabetes).
- Leukaemia and gene therapy approaches to cancer.
- Principal research areas are:
- Cancer and Leukaemia/Gene Therapy
- Computational immunology and bioinformatics
- Innate immunity
- Herpes viruses
- HIV and retroviruses
- Host-pathogen interaction
- Virus evolution and drug resistance
- Immunity to hepatitis
- Immunology of ageing
- Primary immune deficiency
- Autoimmune diabetes
- Immune regulation
MRC studentships, usually 2–3 each year. Further information is available at www.ucl.ac.uk/infection-immunity/mrc_ucl-centre.
- 1 year
- Prospective UK and EU students for the MSc in Molecular Medicine.
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website
Recent graduates have secured postdoctoral positions in universities or research institutions in the UK, Europe, the US and Middle East. Others are working in research and development for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies or in scientific journalism, patent law, health consultancy and management.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Oxford University (2013)
- Postdoctoral Research Scientist, La Jolla University (2013)
- Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Harvard University (2012)
A strength of the division is its position at the interface between basic research and clinical medicine, fostered by UCL Partners, a consortium bringing together UCL with major Trust hospitals in the area. Basic research in infection and immunology is also strong in the division. About 50% of graduates carry on in academia and another 25% choose the medical field as clinician scientists or research scientists in translational research areas. UCL's reputation is also benefits those graduates who choose to enter trial management, science writing/publishing, biotech/pharma, or intellectual/property/patent law.
Doctoral research training is always supervised by leading international experts in their fields, and the research is routinely presented at the major international meetings in each discipline. As a result, students are provided with direct personal contacts to the key people in their areas of expertise, and regularly obtain postdoctoral appointments at all the most prestigious research centres (e.g. Harvard, Stanford etc.). The pportunity to spend periods of time in other laboratories worldwide (recent examples include Yale, Stanford, Cape Town) also offers strong opportunities to broaden the student contact base.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The PhD programme offers rotations into three labs so that students can make an informed choice on the project. We have weekly internal seminars and a yearly PhD colloquium where PhD students present their results. A postgraduate club runs on a term basis where invited speakers, who are leaders in their field (academia, pharma, biotech, law, politics, etc), discuss their career experience. These initiatives facilitate networking and help students to become part of a community in the division.
In addition to the primary supivisor, there is a thesis commity composed of more than two senior faculty memvers with expertise in the area of the project. Through regular meetings with the student, the thesis committee provides advice and support.
Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 70 taught students › 98 research students
Department: Division of Infection & Immunity
"I am convinced that this degree programme will give me a set of skills and a way of thinking that will enable me to apply myself in a wide range of career opportunities."
Therese LiechtensteinSubject: Infection and Immunity MPhil/PhD
Application and next steps
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?
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now