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Understanding of the nature of viruses and their role in disease pathogenesis

Key information

1 year full-time

Start date
October 2017

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

Julia Sanchez (2013-2014) explains why she chose to study Virology at Imperial
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This MSc programme 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. Please see programme structure and programme objectives for further information.

Is this programme for you?

The programme provides excellent training for graduates intending to pursue a career in scientific research, but the many transferable skills gained during the programme can also be applied to careers outside of science. 

Career prospects

A high proportion of graduates proceed to PhD study, or, if medically qualified, to clinical practice or research. As well as scientific training, the programme expands students' knowledge of transferable skills, allowing them to enter a variety of other careers including, industry, finance, management and various types of consultancy.

The latest news- one of our MSc students, Reza Rezaei Javan (2014-2015) had an article on Syncytin gene featured on the front page of the I,Science Magazine website. Direct link to the article:

The Syncytin Gene: Viruses Responsible for Human Life

Key benefits

  • To develop a deep understanding of viruses and processes involved in the interaction of viruses at the molecular level;
  • To provide a supportive learning environment;
  • To provide excellent  training in laboratory and research skills;
  • To provide a solid foundation of research experience for those who intend to go on to study for a PhD; and
  • To produce graduates equipped to pursue careers in academic or industrial research

Imperial College is one of the world’s leading research universities. Students will have the opportunity to learn public health skills from eminent academics, a large PhD cohort and an active academic seminar programme.