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Infection and Immunity MSc

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.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£11,125 (FT)
£22,350 (FT)
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

Core Modules

  • Epidemiology
  • Esperimental Design and Research Methods
  • Molecular Virology
  • Immunology in Health and Disease
  • Laboratory Introduction to Basic Bacteriology


  • Infectious Diseases Epidemology and Global Health Policy (CIHDG045)
  • Biofilms in Health and Disease
  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinic
  • Advanced Virology
  • Infection and Immunodeficiency in Children
  • Tropical Microbiology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Introduction and Principles of Medical Mycology


All MSc students undertake independent research which culminates in a 7,500 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.


Medical Research Council Studentships may be available for this programme.

Graduate Scholarships for MSc Molecular Medicine

1 year
Prospective UK and EU students for the MSc in Molecular Medicine.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships 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

  • UCL, PhD Student, 2012,
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, PhD Student, 2012,
  • Addenbrooke's Hospital, Medical Technical Officer, 2011,
  • Campden BRI, Research Scientist, 2011,
  • Royal Veterinary College, Further Postgraduate Study (MRes), 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

Degree reviews

Student review

"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 Lin

Subject: 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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