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Immunology MSc



Immunology enables students to gain an understanding of the structure and functioning of the immune system at the cell, molecular and genetic level, and its relation to health and disease. Ideal for scientists from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds as preparation for undertaking a PhD or other scientific research, as well as improving employment prospects.

Key benefits

  • Includes a six month research-based laboratory project.

  • Attendance at national residential immunology conference included.

  • Benefits from the input of over 45 lecturers that come from King's, other colleges of the University of London and further afield.

  • Three scholarships available.

  • Based in a central London location.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake up to 30 FT.

Course leaders Dr Helen Collins

Course contact for further information Dr Helen Collins, Programme Director, +44 (0)20 7848 6044, Programme Administrator, Ms Anna Westlund, +44 (0)20 7188 8301, • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form at • After applying: use the messaging service at

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A second class UK honours degree in a biological science or a degree in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine or other relevant subject, or an overseas equivalent.

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by two academics. We normally interview all suitable home applicants in person, or by phone. We aim to process all applications within eight weeks. Therefore, early applications are recommended to maximise your chances of selection. You are encouraged to attend our open days which usually take place in December and June.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please give title and details of any laboratory-based projects you have undertaken, and cite any courses relevant to immunology you have completed if not mentioned elsewhere on the application form.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


Distinctive features of the course include the emphasis on group study and problem-directed learning and developing core skills required for further career progression, such as the ability to read and understand research data, presentational skills and experimental design skills.

This programme will give you an understanding of the structure and functioning of the immune system at the cell, molecular and genetic level and its relation to health and disease.

Course purpose

Suitable for scientists from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds wishing to improve their employment prospects by extending their expertise in the field of modern immunology, and those wishing to acquire relevant research training to undertake a PhD. 

Course format and assessment

Laboratory-based research project; lectures; small group tutorials; compulsory group study workshops in core transferable and technical skills, attendance at national immunology conference. Assessment approximately 30 per cent coursework, 70 per cent examination for taught modules and project report, research proposal and seminar presentation used for assessment of experimental project.



Career prospects

Many MSc Immunology graduates go on to research positions in either a university or research institute as PhD students or graduate research assistants. Others have gone into careers in hospital laboratories as clinical scientists or obtained positions in the pharmaceutical industry.



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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£22,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

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