This new 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.
Please note: We are sorry but this programme is not accepting applications for 2020/21 entry.
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Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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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 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
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc 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.
- Cellular Pathology
- 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
- Cell and Gene Therapy
- Autoimmunity and Transplantation
All MSc students undertake independent research, which culminates in a 5,000 word dissertation.
Teaching and learning
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 working. Many modules also have unseen written examination.
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 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.
Graduates are exceptionally well prepared for a career in research. The combination of research-informed teaching and practical research training provides an 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 pallet of marketable and transferable skills applicable to many professional career paths.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL is 10th in the world university rankings (QS rankings 2019).
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 Immunity and Transplantation (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.
What are we looking for?
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.
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