Our flagship MSc covers current issues in the biology of infectious agents, the epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, immunity and immune dysfunction.
Notice for applicants
Some of the taught content of this MSc is shared with UCL undergraduate programmes.
If you are a UCL student or graduate and have already taken any of the modules included in the MSc, you should contact the Programme Administrator before applying to discuss whether alternative modules are available.
The deadline to apply to this programme has changed to 31 May 2021.
The MSc Infection and Immunity programme teaches core concepts of infection and immunity through research-led teaching. Students are taught the language and concepts of infection and immunity through research-led teaching that strongly focusses on critical analysis and data interpretation.
With an emphasis on critical analysis and data interpretation programme content ranges from basic science to translational clinical research, our superb research and teaching environment provides graduates with a unique understanding of infection and immunity research, and equips them with a marketable and transferable skillset applicable to many professional career paths, including a career in research. Programme content spans the range from basic science to translational clinical research & culminates in a full time research project, providing excellent training & preparation for a research career.
Key information and entry
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
Flexible: 2-5 years
This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a recognised university. Applicants who do not meet this standard may be considered if they have significant relevant experience.
English Language proficiency: If your education has not been conducted in the UK you will be expected to demonstrate a 'Good' English language level. Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
The MSc covers current issues in the biology of infectious agents, the epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, immunity and immune dysfunction.
Students learn from UCL researches about their research and will be trained in the art of research through undertaking a full-time research project in a UCL laboratory.
- Core modules
- Laboratory Introduction to Bacteriology
- Molecular Virology
- Immunology in Health and Disease
- Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
- Data Interpretation
- Optional modules
- Microbial Pathogenesis
- Infectious Diseases in Resource Poor Settings
- Viruses and Disease
- HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinics
- Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
- The Immunological Basis of Autoimmune Disease
- Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Global Health Policy
- Evolution and Infectious Diseases
- Global Eradication of Viruses
- Frontiers in Tuberculosis
- Research project
- 3 months (full-time)
Full-time, part-time and flexible study will be available:
- MSc: 1 calendar year full-time or two to five years on flexible study (8 x 15 UCL credit modules plus a full-time 12 week research project)
- Postgraduate Diploma: 9 calendar months full-time (8 x 15 UCL credit modules), or two to five years on flexible study
- 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. Part-time/flexible students are expected to complete their research project in the same academic year that they register to undertake it.
Fees and funding
For details regarding course fees visit the UCL Graduate Taught Degrees website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
You can find information on the UCL application process by visiting the UCL Graduate Degrees website:
For further information on applications and the programme please contact the Divisional Teaching Administrator, Katerina Taka.
Combining research-informed teaching and practical research training, our MSc provides ideal preparation for a PhD and is equally applicable for clinicians seeking specialist training or wishing to pursue a clinical academic career. Opportunities for networking with internationally recognised senior investigators at UCL and their collaborators means graduates are well placed to move onto PhD programmes, research posts in diverse biomedical fields, clinical research, further training and positions in associated professions.