UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences


Respiratory Clinical Science MSc

UCL's cutting edge MSc in Respiratory Clinical Science has been designed for those who want to lead the way in the growing field of Respiratory Medicine.

MSc Respiratory Clinical Science Overview

This MSc focuses on the study of the scientific and clinical basis of Respiratory diseases with all courses and modules directed towards understanding disease and the effects on patients. It will provide you with the tools to develop further careers in the area and create opportunities to interact with both clinical professions and the pharmaceutical industry. 

You will gain an understanding in the key concepts relevant to respiratory medicine. These include respiratory biology and disease, genetics, immunology, biochemistry, microbiology, lung repair and regeneration, animal models, pathophysiology, pharmacology, physiology and occupational and environmental lung disease.

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What is Respiratory Medicine and Why is it Important Today? 

  • More than one billion people across the world suffer from a respiratory illness.
  • 1 in 5 will develop a respiratory illness.
  • Someone dies from a lung disease every 5 minutes in the UK.
  • 10,000 people in the UK alone are diagnosed with a new lung condition every week.
  • Respiratory Medicine is an increasingly important field of medicine. The lungs are the largest internal organ in the body and the only internal organ that is exposed constantly to the external environment. Everyone who breathes is vulnerable to infectious and toxic agents in the air.
  • Respiratory disease encompasses several lung conditions including asthma, bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, obstructive sleep apnoea, pneumonia/lower respiratory tract infections, respiratory tuberculosis, and sarcoidosis.
  • Causes of lung disease are known to include genetics, smoking, radon, infection, asbestos and air pollution, but not all causes are known.

A Uniquely Translational Approach

Developed and run by UCL's World Leading Respiratory Department, students will have unique access to the Department's best practice research, processes and treatments. This could include viewing procedures at UCLH, participating in diagnostic sessions, attending Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings (MDTs) where experts develop treatment programmes, or involvement in our cutting-edge research processes.

This master's in respiratory medicine offers a unique combination of translational focus with the world's best and potential access to some of the most innovative research projects in this area.

Respiratory Lung Regeneration and Development

Learn from World Leading Experts

The modules within the programme are each taught by world leaders in the various elements of respiratory medicine. Professor Sam Janes is currently in charge of the world's largest research project on Lung Cancer. Professor David Lomas is a world expert in the research of the pathogenesis of a1-antitrypsin deficiency. Professor Marc Lipman is a world expert in TB. Plus, six other experts in this exciting field. No other university can offer such a range of expertise.

Unlike other master's programmes in this area, students will have access to not just biology and lungs but also inflammation and tissue repair. 

The UCL Respiratory Department

The MSc in Respiratory Clinical Science is based at the UCL Respiratory Department in central London. We have state-of-the-art tissue culture rooms and molecular biology laboratories to support world-leading research in the fields of Lung Cancer, Airway Stem Cells, a1-Antitrypsin Deficiency, Genetic Model Organisms, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, TB, Pneumonia, COPD, bronchiectasis, Interstitial Lung Disease and Asthma.

UCL Raynes Building Respiratory Department

The Department is located within the UCL Division of Medicine and underwent major refurbishment in 2015. 

The UCL Respiratory Department contains dedicated histology facilities housing automated tissue processing and slide staining units, embedding centre, cryostat, and microtomes. Its microscopy suite is equipped with brightfield and fluorescence microscopes, laser-capture-microdissection instruments and an automatic slide scanner.

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A Range of Programme Options

The Respiratory Clinical Science MSc has a flexible structure to meet the needs of different students. You can study the Master of Science full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Versions of the programme are offered as PG Diplomas or PG Certificates upon entry or as a conversion during the master's programme.

Career Opportunities

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The programme provides an outstanding background for those looking to pursue a career in respiratory clinical science or related industries such as biotech and pharmaceuticals. It also provides a range of transferable skills for PhD study at UCL or elsewhere.