St. George’s, University of London

Learn how to carry out life-saving research that advances vaccine development, antibiotic treatment and immunotherapy.

How are diseases contracted? What can we do to help affected communities? Can we use vaccines to prevent the spread? Answering these questions is vital if we want to reduce suffering and eradicate disease around the world.

Saving lives starts with understanding the pathogenesis of infection and virulence mechanisms. Studying with us, you’ll learn how to apply this expertise to create vaccines, antibiotic treatments and cancer-fighting immunotherapy.

Kickstart your research career

Research and innovation are in our DNA. Edward Jenner, the ‘father of vaccinology’ who created the world’s first vaccine (against smallpox), completed his medical training at St George’s in 1770. More recently, our research has helped accelerate the treatment of tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and Covid-19.

You’ll learn from experts in all aspects of the physiology, molecular biology, immunology and diagnostics of infectious diseases. Their latest research is exploring fascinating areas like the physiology of malarial parasites and rapid diagnostics for infectious diseases.


Biomedical scientists work at the cutting edge of research and medicine, helping to solve some of the most threatening diseases and conditions facing mankind. Specialising in infection and immunity, you’ll carry out research that advances vaccine development, antibiotic treatment and immunotherapy.

By the end of the course, you’ll be confident planning and managing a research project. This includes knowing how to write a research proposal​, evaluate published research​ and identify good quality research. You’ll also have advanced skills in data handling, scientific communication and using technology to support research projects.

Some of our graduates work in research-active healthcare roles, while others engage with clinical research as trial managers or laboratory scientists.

Entry Requirements

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree but are current medical students who have successfully completed 360 credits (or equivalent) including at least 120 credits at Level 6 (or equivalent) of their medical degree are eligible to apply.

Closing Date

Applications typically open in November and close in July. Early applications are recommended.