Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 2-5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £11,125 (FT)
- £22,350 (FT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
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.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
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.
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Insight into the state-of-the-art infection and immunity research, current issues in the biology of infectious agents, the pathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, and immunity and immune dysfunction.
You will learn from UCL researches about their research and you will be trained in the art of research by carrying out a full-time research project in a UCL laboratory.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma comprising of four core modules and four optional modules (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time, flexible study two to five years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate comprising of four core modules (60 credits, full-time three months, and flexible study up to two years) is offered.
- Laboratory Introduction to Basic Bacteriology
- Molecular Virology
- Immunology in Health and Disease
- Experimental Design and Research Methods
- Microbial Pathogenesis
- Tropical Microbiology
- Infection and Immunodeficiency in Children
- 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 independent research which culminates in a 5,000 word dissertation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, paper review sessions, laboratory practicals, an independent research project and self-directed learning. A diverse range of assesment methods are used, coursework may be in the form of presentations, essays, data interpretation exercises, poster preperation, and group working. many modules also have unseen written examination.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The programme produces graduates who are equipped to embark on research careers. The immersion in the supurb research and teaching environment provided by UCL and the Division of Infection and Immunity, gives our graduates a unique understanding of the cutting edge of infection and immunity research and how world-class research is carried out.
Opportunities or networking with UCL senior investigators with international reputations and their world-wide collaborators can provide the inside track for career development. Graduates are well placed to move onto PhD programmes, research positions in diverse biomedical fields, clinical research positions, further training and positions in associated professions.
Top career destinations for this degree
- PhD Student, UCL (2012)
- PhD Student, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2012)
- Medical Technical Officer, Addenbrooke's Hospital (2011)
- Research Scientist, Campden BRI (2011)
- Further Postgraduate Study (MRes), Royal Veterinary College (2011)
Graduates are exceptionally well prepared for a career in research. The combination of research-informed teaching and practical research training provides an ideal preparation for a PhD and is equally applicable for clinicians and veternarians seeking specialist training or wishing to persue the clinical academic career track.
The programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Scientists, so biomedical professionals may find the programme useful for portfolio enhancement and continuing professional development.
More broadly, a rigorous grounding in scientific method, critical analysis, data interpretation and independent thinking provides a pallet of marketable and transferable skills applicable to many professional career paths.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL division of Infection and Immunity is a vibrant and world-class research community. Students are embedded in this superb environment which provides a challenging and stimulating academic experience.
The programme introduces exciting themes that reflect the research and clinical excellence within the division as well as cross-disiplinary research from all over UCL. first class teaching an research supervision is provided by UCL academics many of whom have international reputations for their research excellence.
Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 70 taught students › 98 research students
Department: Division of Infection & Immunity
"I was particularly impressed with the quality of teaching at UCL.The enthusiasm of UCL's virologists (who perform fascinating and important research) have helped convince me to go into the field of virology for my PhD."
Audrey LinSubject: Infection and Immunity MSc
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?
This programme is particularly suitable for graduates, scientists or clinicians who wish to train for a research career in the field of infection and immunity. It offers a varied mix of courses and a laboratory or bioinformatics research project in clinical microbiology, tropical microbiology, virology or immunology.
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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