Immunology

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2019
Campus: Hammersmith
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

Our MSc Immunology will provide you with state of the art academic and practical training in modern cellular and molecular immunology, with an emphasis on the interface between the basic and clinical aspects of the field. The programme starts with five taught modules and ends with a seven-month research project.

At the end of the programme, you will have had the opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge in immunology, experience authentic scientific research, attend a national conference, learn several key skills and techniques, and finally produce a thesis showcasing your research work.

Study programme

The MSc in Immunology is a full-time (12 months) course starting in October. The course is organised as follows:

  • October – February: 5–month taught modules (based at Hammersmith Campus)
  • March – September: 7–month laboratory-based research project (at any Imperial campus or in collaborating institutions, depending on the project)

Careers

The MSc Immunology programme provides excellent training if you are intending to pursue a career in scientific research (academia, industry, communication). A high proportion of our graduates proceeds to PhD study, or, if medically qualified, to clinical practice or research.

As well as scientific training, the MSc programme will expand your repertoire of transferable skills, allowing you to also enter a variety of non-scientific careers including finance, management and various types of consultancy.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note the curriculum of our postgraduate degrees is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Structure

Taught modules (50%)

The first part of the programme will provide you with solid theoretical and practical knowledge in immunology. The content is covered in the modules below and delivered through lectures, seminars, peer and group work, an ongoing journal club, tutorials and a student-lead practical project (Mini Research Project). In the latter, one of the highlight of our programme, you will in a set frame: define your own research hypothesis, plan and perform your own experimental work, and critically analyse, present and reflect on your data.

  • Innate Immunity: cells, molecules and interactions in the first line of defence against infection
  • Adaptive Immunity: the module will cover adaptive system’s development and functions
  • Mini Research Project: a student-lead project in our teaching laboratories
  • Immune Regulation: immune interactions and a trip to a national immunology conference
  • Immunity in Health and Disease: a showcase of our current research interests in immunology

Research project (50%)

As part of the MSc, you will carry out a research project in one of Imperial’s (or associated institutions) immunology research laboratory.

The duration of this research project will allow you to completely immerse yourself into the hosting laboratory and, through daily interactions with our researchers, truly experience cutting edge scientific research, with its ups and downs.

You will notably learn how to use published literature to support and challenge your work; design, plan and troubleshoot experimental work; critically analyse your data and compare them to others’; and finally present and defend your data and conclusions.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have a strong knowledge and experience of:

  • the molecular mechanisms and cellular interactions that underlie the development, activation and effector functions of the immune system
  • the immunological mechanisms that give rise to diseases and how the immune system can be manipulated(e.g. allergy, autoimmunity, immune deficiency, transplantation and immunotherapy)
  • the scientific method and state of the art experimental research in immunology

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching will mainly be delivered in the form of lectures, workshops, small group tutorials, seminars, online tutorials, laboratory practical sessions, journal club and a long laboratory based research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment of the taught sessions is in the form of closed-book written examinations such as essay, short answer questions, data interpretation, and paper critique. The Mini-Research Project is assessed through coursework and the research project with a thesis and a viva voce.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.2 degree in an appropriate science subject such as: medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Application deadlines (2019 entry)

There are three application deadlines through the year and you can expect a decision after the deadline you have applied for has passed.

Applications must be completed by the deadline, including references and all requested documents, to be considered.

If your application is not complete by the deadline won't be looked at until after the next deadline.

  • Thursday 31 January 2019
  • Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Sunday 30 June 2019

You do not need to have completed your undergraduate studies to apply and we welcome applications from those in their final year of study.

We recommend overseas students apply before 30 April 2019 in order to ensure there is sufficient time for your visa to be processed. Overseas students applying for the 30 June deadline would have complete their conditions very quickly to be able to apply for a visa in time.

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
£11,300 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
£34,500

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Medicine

Got a question?

April Haesler
MSc Administrator – Immunology and Molecular Medicine
E: a.haesler@imperial.ac.uk

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