Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2019

Infection and Immunity BSc

This research-informed BSc programme delivers core biomedical science content as far as possible in an infection and immunity research context. Drawing on the world-class research carried out in the UCL Division of Infection & Immunity, it provides students with real insight into how discovery science is carried out at the very highest level.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Biology and Chemistry required plus Mathematics preferred.
(contextual offer)
BBB (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
Biology and Chemistry required, plus Mathematics preferred.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, with no score below 5.
(contextual offer)
32 (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, plus Mathematics preferred, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry and Biology required, plus Mathematics preferred.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher, plus Mathematics preferred.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. Chemistry and Biology required, plus Mathematics preferred.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • You will learn the language and concepts of infection and immunity, be exposed to the latest thinking, gain insight into the scientific method and learn to critically assess scientific literature. You will gain scientific self-confidence and begin to think like a scientific investigator.

  • You will gain an in-depth understanding of the role of the immune system and infectious agents in health and disease as well as insight into current research in the pathogenesis, prevention and control of infectious diseases, mechanisms of immunity and immune dysfunction.

  • Infectious agents are fantastic tools for discovery in cell and molecular biology, immunology, human biology and evolution, making this BSc a great way to acquire a broad biomedical science knowledge.

  • Throughout the programme emphasis will be placed on current research, communication and critical analysis.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year one mainly covers the function of human organs and systems. Tutorials and two programme-specific modules, Infection and Immunity: Meet the Labs, and Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology, from a virus's perspective, provide an infection and immunity context.

Year two provides continued training in scientific skills with increasing focus on infection and immunity, particularly on reading and understanding current literature. One optional module is chosen from a selection covering topics in cell and molecular biology.

Year three covers the state-of-the-art in infection and immunity. You will gain critical skills, practice communicating science, improve your scientific self-confidence and start thinking like an investigator.

Modules draw on our current research. Tutorials provide opportunity to discuss recent papers. The best performing students carry out a laboratory research project, the remainder do a literature-based project.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Foundations in Health and Disease
  • Cardiovascular & Respiratory Function in Health and Disease
  • The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism
  • Musculoskeletal Systems in Health and Disease
  • Infection, Inflammation and Repair
  • Kidneys, Hormones and Fluid Balance
  • Data Interpretation and Evaluation of Science
  • Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Infection and Immunity: Meet the Labs 

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Infection
  • Immunology
  • Infection and Immunity: Journal Club
  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Statistics for Medical Scientists
  • Techniques in Molecular Medicine 

Optional modules

You will choose one of the following (the list may vary year on year):

  • Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • General Biochemistry of Health
  • The Principles of Cellular Control
  • Energy & Evolution
  • The Biology of Development

Core or compulsory module(s)

  • Immunology in Health and Disease
  • Infectious Agents
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Laboratory-based or literature-based research project 

Optional modules

You will choose two of the following:

  • Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
  • Allergy, Autoimmunity and Transplantation
  • Viruses and Disease
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Neoplasia and its Treatment
  • Mathematical Modeling in Biomedicine
  • Global Eradication of Viruses
  • Evolution and Infectious Diseases

Your learning

Teaching is delivered through a mix of blended learning, lectures, laboratory work, journal clubs and tutorials.

Most year one and some year two content is delivered through an innovative blended learning system; students learn at their own pace from short online videos followed up by small group tutorials to discuss content and explore topics in greater depth.


We use a diverse selection of methods for formative and summative assessment: online and written examinations (question formats include: multiple-choice, short-answer, long answer, data analysis); poster presentations; coursework essays and commentaries; oral presentations; practical skills assessment; online participation; oral examination; research project dissertation. 

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Infection and Immunity BSc.


Graduates of this programme will have  acquired a robust and transferable skills set: critical analysis, data interpretation, communication skills and independent thinking. They will be well placed to apply to the most competitive postgraduate programmes and well equipped for a career in research, teaching, or associated biomedical professions.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£24,040 (2018/19)

Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2018 entry will be published when they are available.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Beyond the stated entry requirements, we are interested in your motivation for choosing this degree over other biomedical sciences programmes, how your interest in infection and immunity was initiated and what it is that excites you about the idea of scientific research. Work experience in a scientific field will be seen as very positive but it is not a requirement.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


The selection process will be based on the entry requirements being met in addition to a personal statement and references which demonstrate an excellent aptitude in the sciences and an interest in the field of Infection and Immunity.

If you receive an offer, you may be invited to an applicant open day. This will include introductory talks about the Division of Infection & Immunity and the BSc programme. You will have a chance to meet divisional staff, ask questions about the programme and take a tour of UCL.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.