Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 2-5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £11,460 (FT)
- £23,020 (FT)
A minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject from a recognised 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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The programme provides insight into 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.
Students learn from UCL scientists about their research and are 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 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 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
- Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
- 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
- Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
- Biofilms in Health and Disease
- Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Global Health Policy
- 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 assessment methods is used; coursework may be in the form of presentations, essays, data interpretation exercises, poster preparation, and group working. Many modules also have unseen written examination.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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. Immersion in the superb research and teaching environment provided by UCL and the Division of Infection & 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 for 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 in Viral Immunology , UCL (2015)
- PhD in Tuberculosis Pathogenesis, Imperial College London (2015)
- PhD in Clinical Science, Imperial College London (2015)
- PhD in Viral Evolution, University of Oxford (2014)
- PhD in HIV Immunology , King's College London (2014)
- PhD in Molecular Immunology, UCL Institute of Child Health
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 seeking specialist training or wishing to pursue the clinical academic career track.
More broadly, a rigorous grounding in scientific method, critical analysis, data interpretation and independent thinking provides a pallet of marketable and transferable skillset applicable to many professional career paths.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Division of Infection & 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-disciplinary research from all over UCL. First-class teaching and 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 › 92 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) has helped convince me to go into the field of virology for my PhD."
Audrey LinInfection and Immunity MSc
"The breadth of amazing research at UCL means there is always something new to learn and experience first hand. Doing this degree confirmed my interest in immunology, and gave me the confidence and skills needed to pursue a PhD."
Alice BurtonInfection and Immunity MSc
"This programme has taught me a vast amount of research and learning skills, ray for a career path in research. The staff at UCL are outstanding from their teaching to providing fantastic guidance throughout the programme."
Janusha PanchalingamInfection 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 as it offers a variety of modules and a laboratory or bioinformatics research project in a wide range of specialised disciplines within this field.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
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 & Immunity at graduate level
- why you want to study Infection & 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