UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences


Infection and Immunity degrees

The Faculty of Medical Sciences offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Infection and Immunity. Our BSc Infection and Immunity is a great way to develop a broad knowledge of the immune system and infectious agents in health and disease, cell and molecular biology, and the function of the human body. Our postgraduate degrees cover current issues in the biology of infectious agents, the epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, immunity and immune dysfunction.

Undergraduate Virtual Open Day

Join a Virtual Open Day to find out more about our programmes and get the chance to ask your questions in a live session. Book your place today.

BSc Infection & Immunity: Weds 24 April, 4:30pm

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Our programmes

We host taught and research degree programmes and run a set of undergraduate modules that span our research expertise. Our guiding principle is that we should teach about what we do. Our cutting-edge research and clinical practice inform and shape the teaching we deliver, ensuring that our programmes and modules cover the most current thinking.

Infection and Immunity, BSc

Gain an insight into the science of infection and immunity, drawing on the world-class research carried out in the Division of Infection & Immunity.

  • Full-time, 3 years.
  • Subjects: Infection and Immunity; Cancer

Experimental and Translational Immunology, MRes

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

  • Full-time, 1 year.
  • Subjects: Infection and Immunity

Experimental and Translational Immunology, MSc

We bring together clinical and research expertise in translational immunology to focus on experimental medicine and therapeutic approaches.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Infection and Immunity

Infection and Immunity, MSc

This MSc Infection and Immunity emphasises data interpretation, critical analysis of current literature and culminates in a research project.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Infection and Immunity; Cancer

Human Tissue Repair, MSc

Build your specialist skills in human tissue repair after injury on our globally recognised MSc. You will be taught by UCL's leading scientists and clinicians.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Infection and Immunity; Medical Technology and Diagnostics

Human Tissue Repair, MRes

Specialise in human tissue repair on this globally innovative MRes. The course acts as the ideal foundation year for a biomedical research career.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Infection and Immunity

Respiratory Clinical Science, MSc / PGDip / PGCert

Set yourself up to work at the highest levels of respiratory medicine. This MSc focuses on studying the scientific and clinical basis of respiratory diseases.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Cancer; Infection and Immunity; Medical Science and Applications

Division of Infection and Immunity MPhil / PhD

This PhD programme provides research training in basic and translational science from internationally recognised leaders in infection and immunity.

  • Full-time, 3 year. Part-time, 5 years
  • Subjects: Infection and Immunity

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Why study Infection and Immunity at UCL?

UCL is a world leading university and a dynamic and exciting environment for your studies. We are ranked 7th for Clinical and Health in the 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject. Our Principal Investigators are internationally recognised leaders in infection and immunity, providing students with a unique opportunity for networking and furthering their careers.

Giselle Best

It constantly ignites my curiosity

Giselle Best studied the BSc Infection and Immunity at UCL after experiencing the passion and enthusiasm from the programme director at an Open Day.

Joe McDowell, 2022 graduate

Delivered by world class academics

Joe McDowell, who graduated from the MRes Experimental and Translational Immunology in 2022, says his time on the course was a 'really formative experience'.

Selin Cenkat, MSc Experimental Translational Immunology, at sunset

Working in new building 'a delight'

Selin Cenkat, MSc Experimental and Translational Immunology graduate, was thrilled to undertake a research project in the new and award-winning Pears Building.

Sophie North, MSc Infection and Immunity graduate

Taking positives from the pandemic

Sophie found an advantage from the limitations imposed by the pandemic, and conducted some computational research for her MSc that sparked a PhD project.

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What is respiratory medicine?

Discover why respiratory medicine is an increasingly vital field of medicine and learn more about our specialist MSc Respiratory Clinical Science.

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Shared first year for flexibility

Most of the BSc courses in Medical Sciences have a shared first year. This gives you the flexibility to switch degrees if your interests change.

Bursaries available

The UCL Division of Medicine is offering bursaries of £5,000 for master's courses including Human Tissue Repair and Respiratory Clinical Science.

Medicine Bursaries

UCL offers a Master's Bursary and Master's Scholarships worth up to £15,000 for those from lower income backgrounds to study a taught master's degree.

UCL Scholarships

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UCL's courses in Infection and Immunity provide students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to be a competitive candidate in the job market. Students take away skills in critical analysis, data interpretation, communication, and independent thinking. They will be well placed to apply to the most competitive postgraduate programmes and well equipped for a career in research, teaching or associated biomedical professions.

Recent graduates have secured postdoctoral positions in universities or research institutions in the UK, Europe, the US and Middle East. Others work in research and development for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies or in scientific journalism, patent law, health consultancy and management.

Our Postgraduate Club hosts meetings with senior faculty members who provide advice on career progression, as well as informal talks and meetings with senior individuals working in industry, biotech, scientific writing and entrepreneurs.

I chose the MSc Infection and Immunity to gain more in-depth knowledge and experience in various areas of Immunology. The course absolutely delivered and exceeded my expectations.

I was able to learn a great deal in the fields of cancer immunology, autoimmune diseases and immune deficiencies. Lectures were delivered by leading experts, passionate about their work and most willing to interact and discuss with students.

Most importantly, the programme directors and administrators genuinely cared about our cohort’s success and wellbeing and played an integral part in ensuring the high quality of the MSc.

Ramy Alesi Slama, MSc Infection and Immunity, 2020-21

Ramy Alesi Slama, MSc Infection and Immunity

Did you know?

  • We host a variety of facilities across our sites, at Bloomsbury in central London and the Royal Free in Hampstead.
  • Our immunity and transplant experts are based in the new purpose-built Pears Building in Hampstead, with cutting-edge laboratories and facilities for patients.
  • In the UK, more than 400,000 people have Type 1 Diabetes (of which approx. 30,000 are children). 400,000 have rheumatoid arthritis and 100,000 have MS.
  • One third of the world have been infected with HBV and approx. 350 million remain persistently infected, causing around 600,000 deaths a year.
  • UCL is ranked 7th for Clinical and Health in the 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject.

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Our research in Infection and Immunity

The Research Department of Infection (RDI) undertakes world-leading research and teaching on infectious disease, advancing and integrating basic and clinical research to understand and overcome pathogens of global importance, and foster excellence and leadership amongst the next generation of scientists and doctors.

Discovering why age affects our immune system

An interdisciplinary team including the Division of Infection & Immunity worked with AstraZeneca, finding that immune responses in the elderly can start normally, but then struggle to switch off.

UCL spin out Quell Therapeutics to work with AstraZeneca

Quell Therapeutics, a UCL spinout that develops cell engineering technology to treat autoimmune diseases, is to collaborate with biopharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca in a deal worth over $2billion.

Facilities win prestigious award

The state-of-the-art Pears Building has won a prestigious RIBA Award. Opened in 2020, the building is home to the laboratories of the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation at UCL. It is a world-class research centre bringing together leading scientists, academic clinicians, and clinical trials specialists from all over the world to develop revolutionary treatments and therapies for patients. It also houses the offices of the Royal Free Charity and a 35-bed hotel for patients.

RIBA Jury Verdict

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Our teaching leads

Ariberto Fassati

Prof. Ariberto Fassati

Professor Richard Milne

Prof. Richard Milne

Markella Ponticos

Prof. Markella Ponticos

Dr Vitor Teixeira

Dr Vitor Teixeira

Milica Vukmanovic-Stejic

Dr Milica Vukmanovic-Stejic


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