Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses

The course is to equip those intending to pursue a career in academic or industrial research with the required knowledge and skills and provide a solid foundation for those who aim to go on to study at PhD level; during the course students develop an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of viruses and the processes of virus infection and viral diseases at the molecular level; the course also provides training in laboratory and research skills in a supportive learning environment.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a biological science; medicine; or veterinary science; all applicants whose 1st language is not English require: GCSE, IGCSE, GCE O-level or equivalent at grade C; or Cambridge certificate of proficiency in English (CPE) at grade C; or IELTS score of 7.0 with a score of 6.5 or better in the written and speaking section; or TOEFL paper minimum score of 610 (test of written English (TWE) of 4.5 or more); or TOEFL computer minimum score of 250 (TWE of 4.5 or more); or TOEFL internet minimum score of 100 overall, including a minimum of 24 in the written section and a minimum of 22 in the speaking section.

Course modules

Modules include: Introductory core lecture programme; virus architecture and virus interactions with cells; virus genomes, gene expression and replication; host responses to virus infection; diagnosis, vaccines and therapies; epidemiology, transmission and evolution of viruses.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on written examinations, coursework in the form of laboratory write-ups and essays, and the individual research project dissertation and viva.

Sponsorship information

MRC; European Social Fund.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 9,500 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 29,100 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
South Kensington Campus Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2AZ South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
020 7594 5873