Infection and Immunity MSc

You will learn the language and concepts of infection and immunity through research-led teaching anchored on the world-class expertise of divisional investigators, and ranging from basic science to translational clinical research. The programme emphasises critical analysis and data interpretation and culminates in a full time research project, providing excellent preparation for a research career.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£11,125 (FT)
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: 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.

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 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.

International students

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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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 scientists 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 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.

Core Modules

  • Laboratory Introduction to Basic Bacteriology
  • Molecular Virology
  • Immunology in Health and Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Infection and Immunity MSc


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 in Viral Evolution, University of Oxford (2013)
  • PhD in HIV Immunology, King's College London (2013)
  • PhD in Cancer Immunology, UCL (2012)
  • PhD in Molecular Biology of Tuberculosis, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2012)
  • 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 veterinarians 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 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 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 › 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

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
31 July 2015

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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