UCL Graduate degrees


Respiratory Clinical Science MSc

Respiratory medicine is an increasingly important field of medicine. This MSc will focus 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. This programme, taught by leading scientists and clinicians, provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish subsequently to undertake a PhD or have a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£14,300 (FT)
£7,150 (PT)
£28,500 (FT)
£14,250 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (life sciences, medicine, chemistry, biomedicine including applied medical sciences from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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: Standard

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

International students

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.

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About this degree

UCL’s cutting edge new Master's in Respiratory Clinical Science has been designed for those who seek to lead the way in the growing field of Respiratory Medicine – as clinicians or as scientists. This MSc focuses on the study of the key concepts relevant to respiratory medicine including respiratory biology and disease, genetics, immunology, biochemistry, microbiology, lung repair and regeneration, animal models, pathophysiology, pharmacology, physiology and occupational and environmental lung disease. The aim of this new Respiratory Clinical Science MSc is to share the outstanding clinical and scientific expertise within UCL’s Respiratory Department and its world leading partners with the next generation of future leaders in this critical field.

Find out more about the content of this degree: Respiratory Clinical Science

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, eight compulsory modules (120 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study up to two years, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four compulsory modules (60 credits), full-time 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years, is offered.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Respiratory Clinical Science. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Respiratory Clinical Science. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Respiratory Clinical Science.

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.

Compulsory modules

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits).

  • Principles of Respiratory Biology
  • Respiratory diseases and conditions
  • Tissue Repair and Regeneration
  • Principles of Inflammation
  • Principles of Immunology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Statistical Methods in Research
  • Practical Laboratory Research Skills

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project culminating in a dissertation of 10,000 words.


During this Respiratory Clinical Science MSc programme you will attend clinical tutorials at University College London Hospital including respiratory diagnostic sessions, respiratory clinical procedures (ex: bronchoscopies) and Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings. As this involves working with the public you will be subject to screening by UCL Occupational Health and through the Criminal Records Bureau Disclousre and Barring Service (DBS) to determine your suitability for the course. 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, e-learning, laboratory work and tutorials. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and dissertation.

25% of a student’s time is spent in tutorials, 25% in lectures and the remainder in independent study.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: A Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance check

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


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Division of Medicine Postgraduate Taught Bursaries

Deadline: 31 July 2021
£5,000 (1 year)
UK, Overseas
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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 will provide an outstanding background for those looking to pursue a career in respiratory clinical science and related industries such as biotech and pharmaceuticals. The programme also provides a range of transferable skills which are ideal for those who may wish to subsequently undertake a PhD within UCL or at another institution.


Our learning methods will prepare students for careers in academic or industrial biomedical sciences, as well as equipping them with transferable skills in presentation, writing, organisation and team work.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL offers a world-class research and teaching environment in Respiratory Medicine. This programme will be 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 actual procedures at UCLH, being a part of diagnostic sessions, sitting in on Multi Disciplinary Team meetings where cross functional experts develop treatment programmes or involvement in one of our cutting edge research processes.

Whilst the programme is based at UCL Respiratory, students will also have the unique opportunity to study and potentially conduct a research study with one or more of our prestigious partners in London. Our key partners for this programme are the UCLH Thoracic Medicine Department, the Royal Free Respiratory Department, the UCL Cancer Institute, the CRICK and the CRUK Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence.

No other Master's in Respiratory Medicine offers such a unique combination of translational focus with the world’s best in this growing field as well as potential access to some of the most innovative research projects in this area. The Department is located within the UCL Division of Medicine and underwent major refurbishment in late 2015.

Department: Division of Medicine

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.

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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This MSc is primarily suitable for life science or medical science graduates. Students with an interest in respiratory clinical science who have a background in chemical sciences, physics, mathematics or pharmacy may also be eligible to apply.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

As you will be working with the public you will be subject to screening by UCL Occupational Health and through the Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to determine your suitability for the course.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Respiratory Clinical Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Respiratory Clinical Science at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.

It is important that you can demonstrate a clear understanding of and commitment to respiratory medicine as a career. You should have good interpersonal and communication skills. It is also important that you value dignity, compassion, team-working, diversity, inclusion and above all person-centred care, listening and responding to the specific needs of individuals and communities. 

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