Immunology

Award titles

Postgraduate Certificate

ECTS: 30 credits
Duration: 3 months full-time
(standalone course)

MSc

ECTS: 90 credits
Duration: 1 year full-time
(including PG Cert)

Key information

Start date: September 2019
Campus: Hammersmith
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Overview

The PG Certificate in Immunology will provide you with the theoretical principles of Innate and Adaptive Immunity, a unique chance to plan, design and conduct your own Mini-Research Project in our teaching laboratories as well as the opportunity to attend an Immunology conference and conduct an in-depth team presentation of one immunology topic of choice.

The MSc in Immunology will build from the PG Certificate by taking you on a journey to investigate immunity in health and disease. To accompany you on this journey are our leaders in the field with whom you will subsequently have the opportunity to conduct a 7 months laboratory-based research project.

In addition to preparing you to become a researcher in Immunology (main professional outcome) by helping you strengthen your knowledge, creativity and critical thinking skills, the programme will also give you a chance to develop your communication and team working skills.

Study programme

The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) lasts three months and is made up of the first three core modules (first term) of the MSc.

The MSc builds on the PG Cert with an additional module in Immunology in Health and Disease, and a substantial seven-month research project in one of our hosting laboratories.

You can apply to either the PG Cert or MSc in the first instance. If you choose the PG Cert, you can apply to complete the MSc with a starting date of January the following academic year.

The MSc programme is divided into two major parts:

  • 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 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 The 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.

Structure

PG Certificate

Core modules

You study the three core modules below:

Principles of Immunology

The module will cover the principles of innate and adaptive immunity and therefore provide you with a solid understanding of immune players and interactions in a healthy environment. In addition, the module will provide you with an introduction to some practical laboratory and professional skills which will support your learning during the rest of the programme.

Experimental Immunology

The module is a Mini-Research Project during which you will work in pairs and experience a hands-on approach to experimental work, taking ownership of your mini project. In a set scientific frame, you will define your starting scientific hypothesis, design and execute your experimental plan, analyse and critique your own data and troubleshoot some of your experiments.

Immunology in Practice

You will attend the annual British Society of Immunology (BSI) conference (or winter school) during and after which you will work in small teams to investigate and report in–depth on a chosen topic of interest. In the unlikely event of the conference or winter school not taking place, you will be provided with current Imperial research topics in Immunology to investigate in your teams.

MSc

Core modules

Principles of Immunology

The module will cover the principles of innate and adaptive immunity and therefore provide you with a solid understanding of immune players and interactions in a healthy environment. In addition, the module will provide you with an introduction to some practical laboratory and professional skills which will support your learning during the rest of the programme.

Experimental Immunology

The module is a Mini-Research Project during which you will work in pairs and experience a hands-on approach to experimental work, taking ownership of your mini project. In a set scientific frame, you will define your starting scientific hypothesis, design and execute your experimental plan, analyse and critique your own data and troubleshoot some of your experiments.

Immunology in Practice

You will attend the annual British Society of Immunology (BSI) conference (or winter school) during and after which you will work in small teams to investigate and report in–depth on a chosen topic of interest. In the unlikely event of the conference or winter school not taking place, you will be provided with current Imperial research topics in Immunology to investigate in your teams.

Immunology in Health and Disease

The module will take you on a journey amongst the topics of immunological research done at Imperial College. These include the immune response to bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, inflammation, immunology in autoimmune diseases as well as cancer immunology, but topics are subject to slightly change every year, depending on the most up to date research done in our laboratories.

Immunology Research Project

During this final module of the MSc, you will join a research team to conduct an experimental project. Provided by our staff, or found by yourself, the projects will be directly related to their subject of expertise and will allow you to experience life in a laboratory as well as use the scientific method to investigate in-depth an immunological question.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Over the course of the programme, you will be taught using many approaches which are as much as possible reflective of the way the scientific community works and interacts.

The taught part of the programme will require you to study independently prior to our face to face sessions and in teams. These will be in the form of:

  • small group tutorials
  • keynote lectures
  • data interpretation sessions
  • journal club
  • workshops
  • group work sessions
  • lectures
In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend a conference (registration fees, accommodation and transport covered by the programme) during which you will get insight into the forefront of the discipline from the conference speakers. Finally, during your laboratory-based project, you will learn from interacting on a daily basis with researchers, presenting in lab meetings, attending seminars, observing others and receiving feedback on your work.

Assessment methods

Summative assessments will be in the form of:

  • computer-based closed-book examinations
  • oral individual and group presentations
  • conference written proceedings
  • posters
  • scientific papers
  • research project thesis and viva
  • research plan
  • laboratory meetings
  • coursework assessments.

Assessments will take place during and at the end of each module.

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 biological science subject (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, 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 normally in the week following the deadline you have applied for.

Applications must be completed by the deadline, including 2 academic references and all requested documents, to be considered.

If your application is not complete by the deadline, we won't be able to look at it 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.

Choosing your course

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • MSc

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to either level in the first instance.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

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 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
MSc £11,300 TBC
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) TBC
* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the MSc, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the MSc.

You may apply to enter this programme at either level of study.

If you enter the MSc, without having studied the PG Cert, then you will pay the full fee listed for the MSc.

If you choose to enter at the PG Cert level and return in future academic years to complete a higher award, you will pay the top-up fee instead of the full fee for your chosen course.

If you continue uninterrupted from one award to the next, you will pay the top-up fee above, plus any annual inflationary increases that have subsequently been applied by the College to the 2019 entry fee.

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 for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you exit the course with an award and return following a break, you will pay the top-up fee advertised in the year of your return.

You could be eligible for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government if you apply for the MSc in the first instance.

PG Cert students are not eligible for the Master's loan since each of these programmes are not worth 90 ECTS credits, which is one of the eligibility criteria for this loan.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
MSc £34,500 TBC
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) TBC
* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

You may apply to enter this programme at either level of study.

If you enter the MSc, without having studied the PG Cert, then you will pay the full fee listed for the MSc.

If you choose to enter at the PG Cert level and return in future academic years to complete a higher award, you will pay the top-up fee instead of the full fee for your chosen course.

If you continue uninterrupted from one award to the next, you will pay the top-up fee above, plus any annual inflationary increases that have subsequently been applied by the College to the 2019 entry fee.

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 for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you exit the course with an award and return following a break, you will pay the top-up fee advertised in the year of your return.

You could be eligible for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government if you apply for the MSc in the first instance.

PG Cert students are not eligible for the Master's loan since each of these programmes are not worth 90 ECTS credits, which is one of the eligibility criteria for this loan.

Additional costs

DescriptionMandatory/optionalApproximate cost 
Janeway’s Immunobiology, K. Murphy and C. Weaver, 2016, 9th edition Mandatory £50.00

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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