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MSc/MRes Experimental and Translational Immunology

This MSc/MRes programme teaches the fundamental concepts of immunology through research-led teaching. Based at the world leading Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) and bringing together clinical and research expertise in translational immunology, this programme provides excellent preparation for a career in research.

Important information: 2020-21

Please note, this programme has been suspended for the academic year 2020-21, due to the current Covid-19 crisis. As an alternative programe please consider the MSc Infection and Immunity with an emphasis on Immunology. Please email m.vukmanovic-stejic@ucl.ac.uk for more information about this modified programme offering.

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The programmes provide insight into state-of-the-art immunology research, current issues in immunity, immune dysfunction and immune-based therapeutic approaches.

The content covers basic science through to translational clinical research and culminates in a full-time research project. Students will develop advanced knowledge of all aspects of immunology, including immune regulation, immune deficiencies, immunology of transplantation, gene therapy, cancer immunology and immune therapeutics.

There is an emphasis on critical analysis and data interpretation. Based in the world-leading IIT, you will receive excellent preparation for a research career and develop a valuable transferable skill-set.

Key information and entry

Duration

MSc
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
Flexible: 2-5 years

MRes
Full-time: 1 year

Entry requirements
A minimum of an upper second-class bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a recognised university and evidence of research interest.

English Language proficiency: If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate an 'advanced' English language level. Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Structure

Programme overview

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MSc structure

  • 4 core modules (2x 30 credits and 2x 15 credits), 2 optional 15 credit modules, plus a substantial research project (60 credits)
  • Full-time: 1 calendar year full-time
  • Part-time/Flexible study (2-5 years): Students are required to attend a minimum of two modules per year and are expected to complete their research project in the same academic year that they register to undertake it.

Modules

The MSc covers current issues in immunology, including immune regulation, immune dysfunction and novel immune therapeutic approaches. Students learn from UCL researchers and will be trained in the art of research through undertaking a full-time research project.

Core modules
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Fundamental and Applied Immunology
  • Research Skills and Data Interpretation
  • Research Topics in Immunology
Optional modules
  • Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
  • The Immune System, Cancer and its Treatment
  • Transplantation Science
  • Biological Therapies and Live Medicines (previous name: Cell & Gene Therapy)
  • The Immunological Basis of Autoimmune Disease (previous name: Autoimmunity & Transplantation)
Research project
  • All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a 5,000 word dissertation
  • Duration: 4 months full-time

MRes structure

  • Full-time: 1 calendar year full-time (2 core, 30 credit modules) and 1 optional 15 credit module, plus a substantial research project from December to August (5 months part-time and 4 months full-time (105 credits)).

Modules

Core modules
  • Fundamental and Applied Immunology
  • Research Skills and Data Interpretation
Optional modules
  • Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
  • The Immune System, Cancer and its Treatment
  • Transplantation Science
  • Biological Therapies and Live Medicines (previous name: Cell & Gene Therapy)
  • The Immunological Basis of Autoimmune Disease (previous name: Autoimmunity & Transplantation)
  • Research Topics in Immunology
Research project
  • All MRes students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a 15,000 word dissertation
  • Duration: From December to August (5 months part-time and 4 months full-time, equivalent of 6.5 months full-time).

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.

Apply

You can find information on the UCL application process by visiting the relevant programme page on the UCL Graduate Degrees website:

For further information on the programme please contact ii.infection-immunityadmin@ucl.ac.uk.

Careers

Combining research-informed teaching and practical research training, our MSc/MRes programme 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 on to PhD programmes, research posts in diverse biomedical fields, clinical research, further training and positions in associated professions.