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MSc in The Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses (Virology)

Course Description


The objectives of this course are to equip those intending to pursue a career in academic or industrial research with the required knowledge and skills, and to provide a solid foundation for those who aim to go on to study at PhD level.

During the course you will develop an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of viruses and the processes of viral infection and viral diseases at the molecular level.

The course also provides training in laboratory and research skills in a supportive learning environment.

Two parts of the course:

The course is comprised of two parts, a taught component, which is given over the first two terms (approximately 5 months) and a full-time laboratory based research project (7 months) which is carried out over the remainder of the session. The taught component is comprised of lectures, laboratory practical’s, tutorials and student presentations and covers the most important aspects of viruses and viral diseases under the 6 topic headings.

Testing of the knowledge acquired is through a combination of written examinations, assessed coursework in the form of laboratory write-ups and essays (Element 2), and the individual research project dissertation and viva (Element 2).

Course content

Introductory Core Lecture Programme

Virus Architecture and Virus Interactions with Cells

Virus Genomes, Gene Expression and Replication

Host Responses to Virus Infection

Diagnosis, Vaccines and Therapies

Epidemiology, Transmission and Evolution of Viruses

You can apply online


Visit the MSc in The Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses (Virology) page on the Imperial College London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Faculty of Medicine Dean's Master's Scholarships - 9 Awards

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide who have the potential to become leaders in their field. There are no restrictions on nationality.Five awards are available for Home/EU students and four are available for Overseas students. Successful applicants will have their tuition fees paid for by the Faculty of Medicine and will receive and additional stipend of £17,000 to cover living expenses (paid in monthly instalments). Students with evidence of outstanding academic potential are strongly urged to apply, as are other applicants with a less strong academic background but who have professional, research or voluntary experience in a relevant field.The deadline for scholarship applications is 26 April 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees and a £17,000 stipend


Available to Home/EU students and Overseas students planning to study a full-time or part-time Master's course run by Imperial's Faculty of Medicine in the 2016/17 academic year.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants will need to first apply for a Master's programme run by the Faculty of Medicine. They will then need to complete an online form. Please see the Faculty of Medicine Master's Dean's Master's Scholarships page for more information.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first degree in biological science (normally second class honours or better), medicine, veterinary science or a non-UK qualification of an equivalent standard.

Course Fees

To find up-to-date information on our fees please visit our Student Finance page (website)

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