Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: Hammersmith
ECTS: 90 credits
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This course provides 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. Five modules are taught over five months, followed by a seven-month research project.

At the end of the seven-month research project, students will have gained excellent laboratory experience, learnt a variety of skills and techniques and produced a thesis.

Study programme

The MSc in Immunology is a full-time (12 month) course, which starts in October.  The course is organised as follows:

  • October – February: 5–month taught section (based at Hammersmith Campus)
  • March – September: 7–month laboratory-based research project (at any Imperial College campus, depending on the project)


The MSc Immunology course provides excellent training for graduates intending to pursue a career in scientific research. A high proportion of graduates proceeds to PhD study, or, if medically qualified, to clinical practice or research.

As well as scientific training, the course expands students' repertoire of transferable skills, allowing them to enter a variety of non-scientific careers including finance, management and various types of consultancy.


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

View the programme specification for this course.


Taught modules (50%)

You all of the modules below:

  • Adaptive Immunity in Health
  • Immune Regulation
  • Immunity in Disease
  • Innate Immunity in Health

Each module comprises lectures, seminars, group work, keynote lectures, an ongoing journal club and tutorials. In group work, you will undertake an assignment with some of your peers, such as giving a seminar, producing a poster or leading a journal club.

At the completion of the taught component you should have a good understanding of:

  1. The molecular mechanisms and cellular interactions that underlie the development, activation and effector functions of the immune system
  2. The defects in this that give rise to disease states (e.g. allergy, autoimmunity and immune deficiency)
  3. The ways in which the immune system can be manipulated (e.g. transplantation, immunotherapy).

In addition you will have experience of critically analysing the literature and making a variety of presentations.

Research project (50%)

Mini Research Project

You complete a mini research project to equip you with the skills and understanding required to complete the six-month research project. The mini research project is taken over two and a half weeks, either in pairs or groups of three, providing experience of a hands-on approach to experimental work.

In a set frame of scientific theme and of available samples, equipment and reagents, you first define your working hypothesis. You subsequently answer your framed scientific questions by researching and developing the most adapted protocols, performing all the experimental work, computing and critically analysing your own data.

The mini research project will be undertaken in dedicated teaching laboratories at the Hammersmith Campus.

Six-month Laboratory Research Project  

You carry out your research projects at either Imperial (Hammersmith, South Kensington or St Mary's campuses) or associated institutions. You are supervised throughout your project by a member of academic staff responsible for the laboratory in which they work.

You receive thorough training in the methods and ethos of laboratory research, including:

  • Design of a good research project
  • Design and planning of experiments
  • Troubleshooting for experimental problems
  • Data presentation and analysis
  • Literature searching and critical review
  • Presentation of work for publication (thesis)

Projects are designed to form part of major ongoing themes of interest in the host laboratory, in order to give you experience of top quality, cutting edge, competitive research.

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


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

Entry requirements

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).


Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.2 UK Honour's degree in 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 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

How to apply

Making an application

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.

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

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

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.


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.

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Got a question?

Celeste Miles – Course Administrator
T: +44 (0)20 3313 8282

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