Program Overview

In infants worldwide, infectious disease accounts for higher mortality and morbidity than any other category of disease. Tackling the burden of infectious disease on mankind is recognised as a health priority by both the World Health Organisation and the United Nations. This Postgraduate Degree responds to the international need for research scientists by training biological and biomedical graduates to develop their knowledge and research skills in the fields of immunology and infection.


The course combines practical and theoretical teaching delivered by scientists and clinicians working in the University's College of Life Sciences. Of great value to potential employers, the course also gives you experience of research in a six-month research project.


LeicesterUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 20,825


IELTS: 6.5


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  • Core Theory and Practical Techniques in Infection and Immunity
  • Infection and Immunity
  • MSc Laboratory Research Project

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.


At the end of the first semester you will start your MSc Laboratory Research Project, to be undertaken from January until July in the second semester under the supervision of a member of staff. Your project write-up will be submitted as a dissertation and forms a major part of the final degree mark. It may be possible to undertake a project in the Universities of Nantes or Rennes in France as part of an Erasmus Exchange Scheme.


Recent projects by Infection and Immunity MSc students

  • The microbiomics of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Studies on action of new drug candidates for the treatment of invasive pneumococcal diseases
  • Growth arrest, neutral lipid content and antibiotic tolerance in mycobacteria
  • Studies on phase variable restriction-modification systems on resistance of Haemophilus influenzae to infection by bacteriophage
  • Identification and characterisation of novel bacterial transferrin and lactoferrin binding protein(s)

Some MSc projects have contributed to publications in respected journals:

  • Cruse G, Fernandes VE, de Salort J, Pankhania D, Marinas MS, Brewin H, Andrew PW, Bradding P, Kadioglu A (2010) Human lung mast cells mediate pneumococcal cell death in response to activation by pneumolysin. J. Immunol. 184, 7108-15
  • Bangert M, Bricio-Moreno L, Gore S, Rajam G, Ades EW, Gordon SB, Kadioglu A. (2012) P4-mediated antibody therapy in an acute model of invasive pneumococcal disease. J. Inf. Dis. 205, 1399-407

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

  • 2:2 degree in a biological science (e.g. Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology or Immunology)
  • Or a BTEC with experience in a field related to infection and immunity, such as a health service or biopharmaceutical laboratory
  • Or a medical or veterinary degree, provided that the course included significant elements of molecular biology, microbiology and immunology

English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.


International Qualifications
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UK Students
This is the total course fee.


Starting in September 2022

  • £8,250


If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.


International Students
This is the total course fee.


Starting in September 2022

  • £21,750

Applicants to this course who come from developing Commonwealth countries can apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.

International students who study at the University of Leicester may be eligible for a Graduate Visa which grants permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years after successful completion of their course.

The research training you receive and the research project you conduct will provide a training that PhD supervisors and employers value highly when recruiting their postgraduate research students from around the world.


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