Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: St Mary's

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Overview

This course offers an integrated approach to the understanding of the nature of viruses and their role in disease pathogenesis, with an emphasis on the understanding of these processes at the molecular level.

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.

Study programme

The programme is comprised of two parts:

  • Taught component: lectures and seminars given over the first two terms (5 months)
  • Research project: full-time laboratory based research project completed in the last term (7 months)

The taught component is comprised of lectures, laboratory practicals, tutorials and student presentations and covers the most important aspects of viruses and viral diseases.

Testing of the knowledge acquired is through a combination of written examinations, assessments, and the individual research project report and viva.

Careers

Many graduates proceed to PhD study, or if medically qualified, to clinical practice or research. As well as scientific training, this course expands your transferable skills, allowing you to enter a variety of other careers including, industry, 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

Taught modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Diagnosis, Vaccines and Therapies
  • Epidemiology, Transmission and Evolution of Viruses
  • Virus Architecture and Virus Interactions with Cells
  • Virus Disease
  • Virus Genomes, Gene Expression and Replication

Research project

You begin your research project in the Spring term and continue to work on your project for six-months. You complete a 10,000 word thesis and give an oral presentation at the end of the academic year.

Most projects are carried out at the St Mary's campus, with the option to conduct your project at other Imperial campuses or at external research institutions and companies in the UK.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Four-week Mini-Research Project
  • Six-month Laboratory Based Research Project
  • Class tutorials
  • Computer Data Analysis Sessions
  • Group Revision Sessions
  • Group Work Sessions
  • Formative assessment on Blackboard
  • Laboratory Teaching
  • Lectures and keynote Lectures
  • Online tutorials on Blackboard 
  • Small Group Tutorials

Assessment methods

  • Data interpretation exercises
  • Research paper critique
  • Viva voce
  • Written examinations
  • Written Research Thesis

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)

2018 entry
£10,600

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)

2018 entry
£32,500

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.

Admissions

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

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.2 UK Honour's degree in biological science, medicine 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

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply early. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

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

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Got a question?

Alicja Pastuszek – Course Administrator
T: +44 (0)20 7594 5873
E: a.pastuszek@imperial.ac.uk

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