Experimental and Translational Immunology MSc

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

This MSc teaches the fundamental concepts of immunology through research-led teaching from internationally renowned experts. Bringing together clinical and research expertise in translational immunology, this programme focuses on experimental medicine and therapeutic approaches. Based in the world-leading Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT), you will receive excellent preparation for a research career and develop a valuable transferable skill-set.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class (or international equivalent) Bachelor's degree in a Biomedical science, Life science, Biological science or recognised Medical degree or similar. A strong personal statement with evidence of relevant research interest or experience.

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.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This programme provides 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.

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.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

The UCL Division of Infection and Immunity and the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) provide a vibrant, stimulating and world-class research community. Students are embedded in this superb training environment which provides a challenging and stimulating academic experience. 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.

The foundation of your career

Graduates are exceptionally well prepared for a career in research. The combination of research-informed teaching and practical research training provides ideal preparation for a PhD and is equally applicable for clinicians seeking specialist training or wishing to pursue the clinical academic career track.

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.


The programme produces graduates who are equipped to embark on research careers. Immersion in the superb research and teaching environment provided by UCL 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.

Teaching and learning

Subject-Specific Knowledge (ability to recognise and distinguish immune mechanisms in health and disease and debate current issues in immunological research) will be assessed by unseen written exams, written coursework assignments such as News & Views, posters, data interpretation assignments and oral presentations.

Intellectual, Academic and Research Skills (critical evaluation of scientific literature; the generation, presentation, analysis, interpretation and discussion of scientific data; the use of various scientific databases) will be assessed by completion of marked coursework assignments including posters, News & Views assignments and data interpretation assignments and oral presentations. The research project module will be assessed by completion of a 5,000-word written report and oral presentation. Students will be assessed on their ability to perform and interpret experiments and place the results in context with current literature.

Taught Modules ~240 hours contact time; ~960 hours self-directed study.

Research project ~4 months full time.


Compulsory modules

  • Fundamental and Applied Immunology (Term 1)
  • Cellular Pathology (Term 1)
  • Research Skills and Data Interpretation (Term 1 and 2)
  • Research Topics in Immunology (Term 2)

Term 2 Optional modules (choose two)

  • The Immunological Basis of Autoimmune Disease - From Experimental Models to Clinical Practice
  • Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
  • The Immune System, Cancer and its Treatment
  • Biological Therapies and Live Medicines
  • Transplantation Science

Dissertation/report (Term 3)

All MSc students undertake an independent research project (four months full time) which culminates in a 5,000-word dissertation.

As above, split over two years. Modules to be taken each year are agreed with the Programme Director. Individual modules must be completed in a single academic year.

As above, split over up to five years. Modules to be taken each year are agreed with the Programme Director. Individual modules must be completed in a single academic year.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Experimental and Translational Immunology.


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Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

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Graduate Open Events: Funding your studies

The Funding your studies session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Funding and Student Recruitment teams, provides information and guidance about the various scholarships and funding opportunities for graduate study at UCL.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,500 £8,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

None, but see below for guidance on hepatitis B vaccine.

Applicants may wish to consider arranging to receive a course of the vaccine in advance of their arrival at UCL. Note that the full course of vaccine and follow up blood test can take up to eight months.

Students are not required to have hepatitis B vaccine to join the programme. However, a small number of research projects (those involving handling of certain types of primary human material) will not be available to those who have not received the vaccine.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application, we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Experimental and 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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