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This course provides advanced academic, laboratory andresearch training in modern cellular and molecular immunology, with emphasis on the interface between the basic and clinical aspects of the subject. Four 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.
The programme is a full-time, one year course; it is not specifically divided into three terms. The course is divided into two parts:
• The first is a five-month taught component and,
• the second a seven-month research project.
The taught component is comprised of four specialist Immunology modules preceded by an induction and a short introductory core module. The core module is designed to give an overview of the whole subject of Immunology and related topics. Subsequent specialist Immunology modules are each three weeks long and consist of two weeks taught (with lectures and practicals) and one-week self-directed learning. In the self-directed learning, students are expected to look at a subject in depth and produce a presentation or report (such as a poster, talk, debate or journal club presentation) which is then shared with the other students on the course. Throughout the taught component, students are expected to attend the weekly external research seminars organised by the Division.
The specialist modules are entitled:
• Recognition of Antigen (structure of antigen receptors of T and B cells, MHC molecules and MHC processing);
• Regulation of the Immune Response (development of the immune system, the anatomy of the organs involved in the immune system and how B and T cells are regulated);
• Transplantation and Autoimmunity (xenotransplantation, allotransplantation, the mechanisms of T cell tolerance, systemic and organ specific autoimmune disease);
• Allergy, Infection and Tumour Immunology (Immunity to infectious agents, Allergic responses and the mechanisms and immunotherapy of tumours).
In February the students sit written examinations before starting the research project. The seven-month research project involves a full-time placement in a research laboratory either within the Division of Immunology and Inflammation, another Division within the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London or in the laboratory of honorary members of the Division, at other London based scientific institutions. Students undertake a full-time research project and after 4 to 5 months they give an oral presentation on their research progress. On completion of the project they produce a thesis and defend their work by a viva voce examination.
In addition to the formal teaching sessions (approximately 20 lectures per module and two days of practicals per week), students are expected to undertake private study (approximately 20-25 hours per week) to supplement the lectures and practicals and to explore areas in greater depth. During the research component students are expected to work full-time in the laboratory and to undertake private study.
The minimum qualification for admission is normally a Lower Second Class Honours degree in a Science-based subject from an UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification. Where an applicant has a lesser degree qualification but has at least three years relevant work experience after graduation, a special case for admission may be submitted to the Head of the Graduate School.
All applications are reviewed by the Course Organiser and applicants are either selected for interview, for an informal visit or rejected, on the basis of their BSc. degree result, the Institution at which they studied and their references. Candidates with 2nd or 1st class degrees from a Russell Group Universities are normally made a direct offer and given the opportunity to come for an informal visit. Candidates with a lower second are usually invited to attend for interview.
Dean's Master's Scholarships
Full tuition fees and a stipend of £17,000
5 places are available
Full tuition fees and a stipend of £17,000
4 places are available
Stipends will be paid in monthly instalments, subject to satisfactory progression. Awardees on courses which last more than a year will have their £17,000 stipend spread over the full lengh of the degree.
The Faculty offers a wide range of Master's degree courses, as well as PG Certificates and Diplomas, and all students will belong to the Graduate School, which provides a comprehensive Transferable Skills Programme.
For any queries not covered here, please email James Osborne (PGT Administrator, Faculty of Medicine) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that there may be other scholarships offered by Schools, Institutes and Departments that make up the Faculty of Medicine. These are separate from the Dean's and Faculty Master's Scholarships described here and entail a different application process.
These awards are open to all students who have made an application to the Faculty of Medicine by 30 April 2015 for admission to study for a full time or part time Master's course* at Imperial College London, starting in October 2015 (*or PG Cert for a course where that is the only route to the higher degree).
Please note that these awards can only be given to students who are studying a course run by the Faculty of Medicine. For a full list of these courses, please see our Master's Degree page.
It is not essential for applicants to have already received an offer of a place on a course, but the initial course application must be made before applying for a scholarship.
Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality.
Candidates are expected to be able to provide evidence of outstanding academic ability. This will usually mean being among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort and in receipt of, or due to receive, a first class UK Honours degree or equivalent.
An applicant who does not meet this requirement (e.g. holds a second class undergraduate degree, is a health professional who did not undertake a degree course, or is from a non-traditional background*), will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they have outstanding academic potential and substantial experience relevant to their chosen subject area. This should be included in the Personal Statement section of the application form. (*Those applicants without a degree will be required, where available, to pass a Special Qualifying Examination to gain entry to the chosen course).
Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions are strongly urged to determine if their scores/grades are equivalent to the relevant eligibility criteria.
Candidates who already have a postgraduate qualification should justify their request to have an additional postgraduate course funded by the faculty. This should be included in the Personal Statement section of the application form.
Candidates who wish to apply for a Master's course which starts as a PG Cert or PG Dip will only be considered if they are committed to completing the course to Master's level.
Scholarships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results.
How to Apply
In order to be considered for the Dean's Master's Scholarships, potential candidates will need to have first applied for a place on a Master's course in the Faculty of Medicine. It is not essential to wait for an offer of a place to be made, but the initial course application must be made before submitting a scholarship application. To apply for a Master's course, please use our online admission system.
Once the application for the course has been submitted, those who wish to apply for a scholarship should complete our online form (Note: the Scholarship award panel will assess candidates on their scholarship application form NOT their course application, so make sure all key information is included in your scholarship application). The form will need to be completed in a single session, so please have the following information prepared:
- Personal statement (not more than 1000 words).
- Details of qualifications, achievements, awards, relevant experience and publications.
- The title/s of the course/s which you have applied for.
Shortlisting will take place in May 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews which are currently scheduled for the week commencing Monday 8 June 2015. All interviews will take place via Skype between 9.00 and 17.00 BST. The scholarship application form includes a question regarding your country of residence in June 2015. We will use this information to identify your time zone and try to tailor your interview time accordingly, although we cannot guarantee that the slot allocated to you will be convenient for your time zone.
All candidates will be informed of the decision by the end of June 2015.
We will use the references that you provide as part of your course application process. Please do not send references to us directly as we will be unable to accept them. It is not essential that we receive your references in time to consider your scholarship application, although their absence may weaken your application. It is therefore recommended that you contact your referees directly to ask that they respond to your course application reference request before Friday 8 May 2015 (one week after scholarship applications close).
Terms and conditions
When applying for Faculty of Medicine Master's Degree Scholarships, candidates must agree to Imperial's terms and conditions regarding scholarships and bursaries.
Please note, the following conditions override the standard Imperial terms and conditions:
Both part time and full time students are eligible to apply.
An offer of a place is not required before applying, but candidates must first apply for a Master's course run by the Faculty of Medicine before applying for a scholarship.
Candidates who do not apply through the online form will not be considered for the Dean's Master's Scholarships.
Successful applicants who receive a Dean's Master's Scholarship will not be allowed to accept any other form of scholarship or bursary provided by Imperial College London for study during the 2015/16 academic year.
Scholarship stipends will be paid in monthly instalments over the length of the course, subject to satisfactory progress. Students on courses which are part time or start as a PG Cert will have their stipend paid in equal monthly instalments over the full length of the course.
Awardees will be required to participate in a small number of promotional activities during the course of their studies and allow their image to be used by Imperial for publicity purposes. Such activities may include (but are not limited to) attending special events and producing occassional print or web copy.
Deadline for applications is Midnight 30 April 2015
Applicants will be given a decision by 30 June 2015.
Applications are invited from outstanding candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide who have the potential to become leaders in their field.