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Infection and Immunity - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

The language and concepts of infection and immunity, from basic science to translational clinical research, are taught by our world class investigators. The programme emphasises data interpretation, critical analysis of current literature and culminates in a full-time research project: excellent preparation for a research career.

Degree information

The programme provides insight into state-of-the-art infection and immunity research, current issues in the biology of infectious agents, the pathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, and immunity and immune dysfunction.

Students learn from UCL scientists about their research and are trained in the art of research by carrying out a full-time research project in a UCL laboratory.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma comprising four core modules and four optional modules (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time, flexible study two to five years) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate comprising four core modules (60 credits, full-time three months, and flexible study up to two years) is offered.

Core modules
-Laboratory Introduction to Basic Bacteriology
-Molecular Virology
-Immunology in Health and Disease
-Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases
-Data Interpretation

Optional modules
-Microbial Pathogenesis
-Tropical Microbiology
-Advanced Virology
-HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinic
-Immunological Basis of Disease
-Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
-Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Global Health Policy

All MSc students undertake independent research which culminates in a 4,000-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.


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 infection and immunity research and how world-class research is carried out.

Opportunities for networking with UCL senior investigators with international reputations and their world-wide collaborators can provide the inside track for career development. Graduates are well placed to move onto PhD programmes, research positions in diverse biomedical fields, clinical research positions, further training and positions in associated professions.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Research Assistant, UCL (University College London)
-Research Officer, A*STAR Agency for Science, Technology and Research
-Biology, The University of Cambridge
-Research Assistant, Stanford University
-PhD Immunology, Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

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?

The UCL Division of Infection & Immunity is a vibrant 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 have international reputations.

Visit the Infection and Immunity - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Audrey Lin

"I was particularly impressed with the quality of teaching at UCL.The enthusiasm of UCL's virologists (who perform fascinating and important research) has helped convince me to go into the field of virology for my PhD."

(Student Profile)

Alice Burton

"The breadth of amazing research at UCL means there is always something new to learn and experience first hand. Doing this degree confirmed my interest in immunology, and gave me the confidence and skills needed to pursue a PhD."

(Student Profile)

Janusha Panchalingam

"This programme has taught me a vast amount of research and learning skills, ray for a career path in research. The staff at UCL are outstanding from their teaching to providing fantastic guidance throughout the programme."


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject from a recognised university. Applicants not meeting this standard may be considered if they have significant relevant experience.

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