MSc Clinical Immunology

Year of entry: 2021

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
MSc 1 yr FT, 2 yrs PT; PGDip 8 months FT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (Upper Second minimum) or overseas equivalent in:

  • immunology
  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • pharmacology
  • pharmacy
  • medicine
  • or other biological subject that contains an element of immunology.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20 places
How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment, as places can fill quickly.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

Flow cytometry class
Learn the practical skills you need for a career in clinical immunology through tutorials, workshops and hands-on practical sessions.
  • Learn from leading researchers and clinical leaders in immunology, including those from the Lydia Becker Institute of Immunology and Inflammation.
  • Learn about the immunology underpinning our understanding and diagnosis of disease and infection including approaches to vaccine design and treatment.
  • Benefit from strong NHS links.
  • Study at a university ranked 7th in the UK for Biological Sciences and 8th for Medicine (QS Rankings 2020).
  • Develop critical and experimental research skills through a research proposal, lab-based research masterclasses and a project.
  • We offer units as CPD

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £11,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £25,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £5,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £12,500
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £8,800
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, research project, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 543 4695
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (Upper Second minimum) or overseas equivalent in:

  • immunology
  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • pharmacology
  • pharmacy
  • medicine
  • or other biological subject that contains an element of immunology.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and at least 6.0 in all other components;
  • Internet-based TOEFL: 90 with a minimum of 22 in writing and 20 in all other components.

If you wish to be considered for a pre-sessional course, please contact the Admissions Team

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

You need to be able to demonstrate relevant work experience in your chosen pathway.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment, as places can fill quickly.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must include the following documents.

  • One academic reference on letter headed paper, signed and dated. Unfortunately we cannot request a reference from your referee on your behalf.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated.
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • Full CV.
  • Personal statement
  • A scanned copy of the photograph page of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded and submitted with the online application form, or if this is not possible, they can be sent directly to .

Your application cannot be considered until all your supporting documents are supplied. Please include your University ID number in all correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

How your application is considered

On receipt of all required supporting documentation your application will be reviewed by the Programme Director. Applicants are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, based on all information provided.

Interview requirements

We do not normally interview applicants but reserve the right to do so in certain circumstances.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course, the Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.


Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our MSc in Clinical Immunology will give you an advanced understanding of the principles and mechanisms of the immune system and immune responses in the context of infection, malignancy and immunological disorders.

You will also gain insight into a specialist area of laboratory medicine from clinical leaders and researchers at the forefront of immunology.

This course comprises six course units taught in blocks spanning the field of clinical immunology. Teaching is delivered on both campus and hospital sites by more than 40 individual contributors.

Course content includes:

  • basic and advanced immunology;
  • immune deficiency;
  • immunotherapy;
  • hypersensitivity and allergy;
  • cancer immunology and haematological malignancy;
  • autoimmunity.

The course will also enable you to develop critical and experimental research skills relevant to the field through practical research masterclasses, a focused research proposal and a research project.

You will learn about assays and techniques employed in research and clinical laboratories to develop your technical understanding and clinical interpretation of results.

If you have an interest in this highly diverse and ever changing field and you wish to expand your knowledge at the interface of clinical and academic immunology, this master's course is ideal for you.


This course aims to give you:

  • an advanced understanding and applied knowledge in the theory and practice of clinical immunology;
  • a critical understanding of how immunological investigations are employed to develop a clinical diagnosis;
  • the necessary transferable and research skills to promote lifelong learning and career development.

Special features

Inter-professional learning

You will learn alongside students from a range of backgrounds who are studying on related health science courses. This diversity of educational and professional input from both speakers and students provides a fantastic opportunity for collaborative learning and networking.

Research skills

You will develop a broad range of research skills through a combination of supervised laboratory masterclasses, preparation of a research proposal and undertaking a 10-week full-time research project within one of the research groups at The University of Manchester.

Patient and public involvement and engagement

You will develop a variety of communication skills by working with patient contributors throughout the course. This includes Q&A sessions, clinic observations and patient feedback. This element of the course was highly commended at the University's Making A Difference Awards 2018.

Flexible part-time option

If you have other commitments, our part-time option allows you to study each unit in two-week blocks spread over two years, giving you the flexibility you need.

CPD units available

Individual units from this MSc can be taken as standalone courses for continuing professional development .

Teaching and learning

Academic teaching is delivered by specialist immunologists from the Lydia Becker Institute of Immunology and Inflammation and the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research .

Clinical teaching is delivered by experts from across the UK, including University Hospital South Manchester Allergy Centre, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Cambridge Immunology Network, Institute of Child Health UCL and the CRUK Manchester Institute.

We aim to provide a range of teaching and learning methodologies including lectures, tutorials, workshops, problem-based learning exercises and hands on practical sessions. There are also opportunities to observe patient consultations and interact with patient representatives throughout the course.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Key academic staff (Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health):

Key clinical staff:

  • Dr Ross Sadler - Clinical Lead (Consultant Clinical Scientist, Oxford University Hospitals)
  • Dr Susana Marinho - Unit Co-Lead for Hypersensitivity & Allergy (Honorary Senior Lecturer/Consultant Allergist, Allergy Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust).
  • Dr Peter Arkwright - Programme Committee Member (Senior Lecturer/Consultant Paediatric Allergist & Immunologist, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using a range of formative and summative assessments. These will include multiple choice, short answer and essay questions, written or creative assignments, laboratory reports and oral presentations.

The assessments will be constructed to assess your knowledge and understanding while at the same time refining and expanding your intellectual and transferable skills.

Course unit details

To obtain a PGDip, you will be required to complete 120 credits (90 credits of taught units and a 30-credit research proposal):

  • Introduction to Clinical Immunology (15 credits)
  • Immune Responses (15 credits)
  • Immunodeficiency & Immunotherapy (15 credits)
  • Advanced Clinical Immunology - Hypersensitivity & Allergy, Haematological Malignancy, Autoimmunity (30 credits)
  • Research Skills Masterclasses (15 credits)
  • Research Proposal (30 credits)

In addition, to obtain an MSc, you must combine the units above with a 60-credit research project and dissertation:

  • Research Project and Dissertation (60 credits)

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Project 1 (Clinical Immunology) MEDN60302 30 Mandatory
Research Project 2 (Clinical Immunology) MEDN60402 60 Mandatory
Immune Responses MEDN61020 15 Mandatory
Immunodeficiency & Immunotherapy MEDN61030 15 Mandatory
Advanced Clinical Immunology MEDN63320 30 Mandatory
Introduction to Immunology MEDN67111 15 Mandatory
Research Skills Masterclass (Immunology) MEDN68100 15 Mandatory
Research Methods MEDN69910 15 Mandatory

What our students say

'The Clinical Immunology MSc has been a fantastic experience. The course is well structured around interesting immunology topics, and taught by scientists at the forefront of their field. As a medical student, I have really enjoyed the clinical focus of the course - relating the science back to disease and patient experience.

The course directors and coordinators are so invested in our learning experience, doing everything they can to ensure we all get the most out of the course. It has been a fun and friendly atmosphere and I have learnt a huge amount about writing, presenting, scientific research, and immunology!'' Hilary Warrens, Intercalating Medical Student, 2017/18.

'The MSc in Clinical Immunology has allowed me to pursue my interest in immunology and learn in detail about areas that I am interested in.  I have had numerous opportunities to learn from leading immunologists from around the UK and the teaching I have received has been varied and engaging.

My favourite part of the MSc has been conducting my own extended laboratory research project in the field of cancer immunotherapy. This 10-week project has allowed me to explore the ways in which the immune system may be manipulated to kill cancerous cells. This experience gave me skills in performing flow cytometry and in critically analysing and presenting my results. 

The varied opportunities I have had on the MSc have developed my analytical and communication skills which have made me an employable and well-rounded scientist, helping me to secure a graduate job within the pharmaceutical industry.'  Charlotte Fleming, MSc Clinical Immunology, 2017/18.


Flow cytometry class
Develop your practical skills by learning from experts in our modern facilities.

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

You will undertake your academic learning on the main University campus and at Wythenshawe Hospital in South Manchester.

Your research project may be carried out in a laboratory within the University or at teaching hospitals in Greater Manchester, both of which benefit from the excellent research and core facilities here at the University of Manchester, including state of the art flow cytometry , imaging and sequencing facilities

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

Individual taught units can be taken for continuing professional development (CPD) as standalone courses. See the Clinical Immunology CPD units page for more information.


Career opportunities

Graduates of this course come away with scientific knowledge and transferable skills that are highly sought after by scientific companies within the private sector.

You will also be equipped to work in clinical laboratories or pursue a career in research by undertaking a PhD.

The specialist nature of the course would also benefit students with a medical background, including intercalating medical students, who want to enhance their knowledge of immunology for future career advancement.

Destinations of previous graduates since 2015 include:

  • PhD studentships at the University of Manchester and elsewhere;
  • research and development roles in pharmaceutical companies;
  • medical writing;
  • clinical fellowships;
  • laboratory diagnostics.