PhD student working in labECTS: 90 credits
Start date
: October 2017
: 1 year full-time
Location Hammersmith

This course is open for applications for 2017 entry. Although this course will remain open until it is filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

This MSc provides advanced academic, laboratory and research training in modern cellular and molecular immunology, emphasising the interface between the basic and clinical aspects of the subject.

About the course


This course provides an advanced academic, laboratory and research training in modern cellular and molecular immunology, with emphasis on the interface between the basic and clinical aspects of the subject.

It provides ideal training for students wishing to pursue a career in science or medicine, but the transferable skills (e.g. giving presentations, poster preparation) gained during the course can also be applied to careers outside science. On completion of the MSc the majority of students go on to study for a PhD.


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

Core modules

  • Adaptive Immunity in Health
  • Immune Regulation
  • Immunity in Disease
  • Innate Immunity in Health
  • Laboratory Based Research Project
  • Mini Research Project (MRP)

Teaching and assessment


  • Class tutorials
  • Computer-based practical workshops
  • Formative assessment on Blackboard
  • Group revision sessions
  • Group work sessions
  • Journal Club
  • Laboratory based research project (LBRP)
  • Laboratory teaching
  • Lectures and keynote lectures
  • Online tutorials on Blackboard
  • Mini research project (MRP)
  • Peerwise
  • Small group tutorials
  • Seminar series


The course has both a taught and research element, and each is credited as 50% of your MSc.

  • Data interpretation exercises
  • Essays
  • Research paper critique
  • Research project
  • Viva voce
  • Written examinations

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.2 Honours degree in an appropriate science subject, 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 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 for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language Requirements

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 requirement for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

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

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

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

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 2017 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.

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