This new MRes programme provides insight into state-of-the-art immunology research, current issues in immunity, immune dysfunction and immune-based therapeutic approaches. The main emphasis of the programme is a 9 month original research project (5 months part-time and 4 months full-time) which provides an excellent preparation for a PhD and a career in research.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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A first class or upper-second class (or international equivalent) Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Science, Biological Sciences or a recognised Medical degree. A strong personal statement with evidence of independent research interest and experience.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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About this degree
Students will develop advanced knowledge of different aspects of immunology, including immune regulation, immune deficiencies, immunology of transplantation, gene therapy, cancer immunology and immune therapeutics. The content covers basic science through to translational clinical research delivered by internationally recognised experts. There is an emphasis on critical analysis and data interpretation.
The students will be based in the world-leading Institute for Immunity and Transplantation (IIT), an innovative centre bringing together basic scientists, clinicians and patients. Our cutting-edge research and teaching environment provides graduates with a unique understanding of immunology research, and equips them with the stand-out skills applicable to, many professional career paths, including a career in research, public healthcare sector, pharmaceutical industry and biopharma.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation (105 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MRes in Experimental and Translational Immunology.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Fundamental and Applied Immunology
- Research Skills and Data Interpretation
- Research Topics in Immunology
- Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
- The Immune System, Cancer and its Treatment
- Transplantation Science
- The Immunological Basis of Autoimmune Disease - From Experimental Models to Clinical Practice
- Biological Therapies and Live Medicines
All MRes students undertake independent research, which culminates in a 15,000 word dissertation.
Teaching and learning
The main component of the programme is a substantial research project: students will spend 50% of their time between November and April and 100% of their time from April until August undertaking an original research project which culminates in a written report and an oral examination.
The rest of the programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, paper review sessions, laboratory practicals, an independent research project and self-directed learning. A diverse range of assessment methods is used; coursework may be in the form of presentations, essays, data interpretation exercises, poster preparation, and group work. Many modules also have unseen written examination.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The programme produces graduates who are equipped to embark on research careers. Immersion in the superb research and teaching environment provided by Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) and the Division of Infection & Immunity, gives our graduates a unique understanding of the cutting edge of experimental and translational immunology research and how world-class research is carried out.
Opportunities for networking with UCL senior investigators with international reputations and their worldwide collaborators can provide the inside track for career development. Graduates are well placed to move onto PhD programmes, research positions in diverse biomedical fields, including pharmaceutical industry and biopharma, clinical research positions, further training and positions in associated professions.
Graduates are exceptionally well prepared to pursue PhD opportunities. This is equally applicable for clinicians seeking specialist training or wishing to pursue the clinical academic career track. In addition, graduates will be well placed to move onto research positions in diverse biomedical fields, including pharmaceutical industry and biopharma and clinical research positions.
More broadly, a rigorous grounding in scientific method, critical analysis, data interpretation and independent thinking provides a palette of marketable and transferable skills applicable to many professional career paths.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL is 8th in the world university rankings (QS rankings 2020).
UCL was rated 3.5/4 for the real-world impact of our research in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).
The UCL Division of Infection & Immunity and the IIT provide a vibrant, stimulating and world-class research community. Programme content reflects the research and clinical excellence within the division as well as cross-disciplinary research from all over UCL. First-class teaching and research supervision is provided by UCL academics, many of whom are amongst the world’s most respected and innovative academics.
Department: Division of Infection & Immunity
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application, we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Experimental & Translational Immunology at graduate level
- why you want to study at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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