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MSc Infection and Immunity

This programme teaches the language and concepts of infection and immunity through research-led teaching and has a strong focus on critical analysis and data interpretation.  Programme content spans the range from basic science to translational clinical research and culminates in a full time research project, providing an excellent training and preparation for a research career.

Watch Dr Richard Milne, Programme Director, and recent graduate Marta talk about the programme.

The MSc Infection & Immunity covers current issues in the biology of infectious agents, the epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, 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 take a range of core and optional modules:

Core modules

Laboratory Introduction to Bacteriology
Molecular Virology
Immunology in Health and Disease
Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
Data Interpretation

Optional modules

Microbial Pathogenesis
Tropical Microbiology
Advanced Virology
HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinic
Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
Immunological Basis of Disease
Infectious Diseases Epidemiology & Global Health Policy

Research Project

3 months full time

Full details of the programme content are available in the Programme Handbook:

Programme Handbook

Please note: this is a copy of the current handbook.  Programme content may change year-to-year, so the modules listed in this handbook may not be available in subsequent years.

Full-time and flexible study will be available.

MSc: One calendar year full-time or two to five years on flexible study.

Postgraduate Diploma: 9 calendar months full time (8 x 15 UCL credit modules without the 3-month research project), or two to five years on flexible learning.

Postgraduate Certificate:Up to 12 weeks full-time (4 x 15 UCL credit modules), and up to two academic years part-time

Flexible Study

Part-time students are required to attend a minimum of 2 modules per year.

Please note MSc students are required to complete a total of 8 modules, plus a 12 week research project.

Modules generally take place twice a week for two hours, please see pages 7 to 28 (specifically pages 7 and 14) for further information.

Applications for the 2017-18 are now open.

You can find information on UCL application process in the Graduate Prospectus

Entry Requirements
A first or upper second class honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in biomedical or life sciences from a recognized university, or an appropriate professional qualification or work experience established by review.

English Language Proficiency
If your first language is not English, please refer to the UCL regulations concerning English Language Proficiency

For information on applications please contact:
Derek Kempen, email: d.kempen@ucl.ac.uk    Tel: +44 (0) 20 3108 2133

Click here for current fees

Full details of funding opportunities can be found at UCL Scholarships website

Shaun Maguire

MSc Infection and Immunity 2015-16

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“I was delighted by the quality of teaching and advice provided by staff throughout this course. The variety of taught modules was excellent and the laboratory project was a particular highlight. Ultimately this MSc has given me valuable skills necessary to pursue a career in scientific research.”

Juliana Cudini

MSc Infection and Immunity 2015-16

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"UCL offers its students an engaging educational experience where content is delivered by researchers at the cutting edge of modern science. Focus on critical and creative thinking turn students into budding investigators, and the broad range of research being undertaken in the department allows each student the opportunity to pursue what inspires them.  This MSc programme allowed me to immerse myself in a research environment with the background and skills I needed to succeed as a scientific investigator. Following my 3-month research project, I was fortunate enough to begin my career in the same lab I completed my thesis before pursuing a PhD."

Liora Sherr

MSc Infection and Immunity 2015-16

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"UCL is not only an institution of innovation, inspiration and intellect, but a bustling hub of opportunity and nurturing. The MSc provided me with an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of infection and immunity as well as the opportunity to work alongside leading researchers in their field.

I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful window into the world of cutting edge research and the resulting fantastic opportunities open to me after its completion."

Hibo Asad

MSc Infection and Immunity 2014-15

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“I chose this specific master’s degree due to its combination of infection and immunology as well as its epidemiological components. Choosing to study MSc in Infection and Immunity has been one of the best investments I have made in my future. I was really impressed with the quality of education provided by world class experts, enriching their lecture topics with input of their innovative research.

Obtaining this degree has really allowed me to develop personally and academically, and without it I doubt that I would continue onto a PhD programme in Infectious Disease Epidemiology.”

Harriet Mok

MSc Infection and Immunity 2014-15

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"I applied for the MSc Infection and Immunity because of my interest in viruses and the immune response, and I entered with only a very basic understanding of the subject. The varied choice of modules, the research based lectures and laboratory projects, and my peers, helped me complete my postgraduate degree with an extensive knowledge of the overall concepts of infection and immunity, as well as an even deeper understanding of the topic that interested me most. Not only did this course provide me with the skills and scientific ability needed to undertake a PhD, but the 3 month laboratory project within the programme directly lead me to my current PhD position."

Programme Director:

Dr Richard Milne
Email: richard.milne@ucl.ac.uk

Programme Deputy:

Professor Tim McHugh
Email: t.mchugh@ucl.ac.uk

Teaching Administrator:

Mr Derek Kempen
Email: d.kempen@ucl.ac.uk

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