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Our Medical Immunology courses offer you advanced training in basic and clinical immunology, including diagnostic technologies, laboratory management and research methodologies. Read more

Our Medical Immunology courses offer you advanced training in basic and clinical immunology, including diagnostic technologies, laboratory management and research methodologies. The skills and knowledge you will develop with us are an ideal preparation for a laboratory-based career path.

Key benefits

  • An unrivalled medical immunology training course designed for clinical specialty trainees; Grade A/B clinical scientist trainees in immunology, histocompatibility and immunogenetics; biomedical scientists; industrial partners; and (overseas) research fellows.
  • Teaching is research-led and delivered by academics and clinicians who are leaders in their respective fields.
  • Located in the heart of London.


Our course covers basic molecular and cellular immunology and the role of immunological mechanisms in auto-immune, systemic inflammatory, hypersensitivity, infective, immuno-deficiency and neoplastic disorders in which the immune system is involved. They also explore clinical transplantation, clinical immunology laboratory management and major laboratory techniques of diagnostic medical immunology. 

The course will provide you with a broad-based expertise in immunology and an awareness of recent advances in the physiology of the immune system.

You may study this programme as an MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate. If you are a PG Certificate student, your programme can last either one or two years, depending on which modules you choose.

Course format and assessment


Whichever programme you are on, you will have one day of teaching a week through lectures. If you are an MSc or PG Dip student, we will expect you to undertake 10 hours of self-study a week; six hours if you are a PG Cert student.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


We will assess you through a combination of written and practical examinations and coursework. If you are an MSc or a PG Dip student taking the research project, you will also submit a research dissertation and have an oral exam in your second year.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Career prospects

This course will allow you to develop your career in clinical, laboratory and academic immunology, for example running a diagnostic service, research group or clinical practice as a Clinical Scientist, Senior Lecturer/Professor or an NHS consultant.

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The Transplantation MRes enables you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry. Read more

The Transplantation MRes enables you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry. The MRes can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or provide an entry route onto a PhD or MD.

The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences and is also suitable for graduates from other science disciplines and intercalating and fully qualified MBBS or BDS students.

What you'll learn

There is a taught component with subject-specific content in the area of Transplantation. Subject-based modules provide a broad exposure to diverse aspects of transplantation, from clinical concepts to cutting edge scientific development. There will be a unique opportunity to gain insights into the speciality of transplantation sciences in the context of transplantation of haematopoietic stem cells, corneal/limbal stem cells and a variety of solid organs.

The modules aim to:

  • provide sound understanding of the scientific basis underlying the therapeutic benefits and adverse effects of clinical transplants
  • highlight the research areas where applications of immunology and cell biology can improve transplant outcome and patient wellbeing
  • provide a view of bench to bedside translational links between scientific research and clinical practice

The course emphasises the clinical practice driven research, which prepares students for a future career in either medical practice or broad biomedical research. 

Main topics covered include:

  • transplantation immunology related to cellular and molecular basis of allogeneic immune responses, tolerance, immunosuppression
  • the genetic and molecular basis of HLA system, non-HLA immunogenetics, histocompatibility, impact of HLA matching in choice of donor and transplant outcome
  • transplantation pathology related to graft-versus-host disease following haematopoietic stem cell transplant, rejection following solid organ transplant, tissue damage and loss of graft function
  • manipulation of haematopoietic stem cells for clinical use
  • development of novel therapeutic strategies to aid improvement of clinical transplant outcome

It has the flexibility for you to develop your own bespoke course by choosing additional, complementary modules from a wide selection. You will also undertake training in general research principles and other professional and key skills.

Your project

The research project comprises the major element of the course. This project will involve 24 weeks’ carrying out research in the area of transplantation under the supervision of an expert academic researcher in the field.

Our MRes courses

Transplantation MRes is closely linked to a suite of MRes courses that you may also be interested in:

Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School

Our Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.

Our Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.

You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.

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