Immunology & Global Health

This programme represents an innovative development in higher degree options in the biological sciences. It is targeted at biological and health science graduates who are interested in the major challenges in health and development today and who wish to broaden their understanding of immunology, its importance in global health and the factors that impact on immunological intervention strategies in health and disease. An important component of the course covers emerging and re-emerging diseases including diseases of poverty.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
An honours primary degree (grade 2.2 or above) in the biological or health related sciences. Candidates with other qualifications and suitable employment experience will be considered. Please Note: There are only 22 places available on this course, so early application is advisable. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850


MHD50 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

The MSc is a gateway to further study for a PhD degree or a career in research. Students completing this course will be advantaged in securing prized postgraduate research positions with leading research groups. Students from bioscience backgrounds completing the course will be well placed for securing positions in governmental or nongovernmental organisations responsible for implementing health policy.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Sinead Miggin
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 6480

Subjects taught

The programme will be delivered as 12 taught modules and a lab-based research project. The taught modules include fundamental, clinical and applied immunology, global health and diseases of poverty, epidemiology, medical geography, systems biology, clinical trials, patenting, licensing and bioethics. Each module includes tutorial and/or practical sessions that complement and expand on the lecture content. A series of weekly workshops and seminars will cover important aspects of postgraduate study, including study skills, grant and report writing, scientific writing etc.


Biology/Institute of Immunology
Sustained funding success over fifteen years has meant that Biology & Immunology at Maynooth, with 18 research laboratories, is one of the best equipped and resourced biological research units in Ireland. Among its main research strengths are immunology and microbiology. Research focuses on preclinical models of human disease, new approaches to tackle inflammatory conditions and the application of cell therapies, especially for lung diseases. This involves partnerships with multinational biopharmaceutical companies, emerging Irish enterprises, NGOs and charities.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date : 30 June 2020

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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