Medical Mycology MSc

This MSc, taught through distance learning, is designed to provide systematic training in the increasingly relevant subject of fungal infection, the diseases fungi cause and their diagnosis and treatment. The programme focuses on the practical elements of diagnosis, the identification of pathogenic fungi and the application of molecular techniques.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Flexible: 3-5 years
  • Distance learning: available

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

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.
Students will be required to undertake externally-run modules (MSc/PG Dip students must take three, PG Cert must take one) and the fees for these will be in addition to those advertised above.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in biomedical science or medicine from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

It is a prerequisite of the programme that all students have regular access to a personal computer and the Internet and have acquired basic skills in their use.

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: Standard

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

Students develop knowledge in all aspects of medical mycology including the isolation and identification of fungal pathogens, superficial and systemic fungal infection, diagnosis, fungal pathogenicity, fungal genetics, molecular methods for diagnosis, identification, taxonomy and strain typing, the epidemiology and changing spectrum of fungal disease and antifungal chemotherapy.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising of eight core modules (120 credits, part-time up to four years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate comprising of four core modules (60 credits, part-time up to three years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Medical Mycology
  • Mycoses
  • Therapy of Fungal Infections
  • Molecular Methods in Medical Mycology
  • Practical Sessions (three course modules)
  • Research Methodology (MSc students only)
  • Portfolio of Yeasts and Moulds Identification (Postgraduate Diploma students only)


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The majority of the programme is taught through distance learning with the use of online lectures and Moodle. There are three practical courses (to be completed in the UK), and support is offered through local supervisors and UCL-based tutors. Assessment is through structured essays, unseen practical and written examination and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Medical Mycology MSc


Medical Research Council Studentships, and bursaries from the British Society for Medical Mycology may be available for this programme.

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.


First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Biomedical Scientist, HGA International (2009)
  • Clinical Scientist, Royal Free Hospital (2009)
  • Microbiologist, Kings College Hospital (2010)
  • Mycology Laboratory Director, Berne Switzerland (2011)


Over the past decade, this course has provided students with one of the few available postgraduate qualifications in medical mycology, marking them out as "card carrying" medical mycologists. As a result, students have gone on to gain employment in research and health service laboratories and as consultants in medical microbiology, to become responsible for national quality assurance schemes, to enrol in PhD studies, and to enhance their future career prospects by demonstrating expertise in this specialised field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Infection and Immunity offers the only distance learning based programme in mycology in the world.

Medical Mycology is a unique, interactive degree course taught via online lectures from national and international subject experts from the British Society for Medical Mycology. It combines three UK-based laboratory practical sessions, with expert-led course specific tutorials and forums. Personal tutors, home-country supervisors and assignment feedback support each student individually.

UCL's virtual learning environment (Moodle) and library access (with links to UCL's wide range of online journals and databases) offer students variety, and plentiful supply of networking opportunities for development.

Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 70 taught students › 98 research students

Department: Division of Infection & Immunity

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?

The programme is particularly suitable for individuals working in the field of medical mycology who wish to enhance their knowledge, skills and experience to enable them to provide and take responsibility for a broad-based routine mycology service.

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 Medical Mycology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Medical Mycology 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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