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BSc Immunology and Infection

Our BSc programme is research-focussed and provides an in‑depth understanding of the role of the immune system, infectious agents and cellular processes in the pathogenesis of diseases.

BSc Immunology and Infection

This degree is a great opportunity for students who wish to develop their interest in infection and immunity. In particular the strong research focus is excellent preparation for a PhD or postgraduate study. The programme runs in parallel with our iBSc Immunology, Infection and Cell Pathology programme for medical students. UCL students may transfer to the BSc programme for the final year of a three year degree.

Key information and entry

Duration
1 year (full-time)

Entry requirements
Students may transfer to our BSc programme for the final year of a three-year degree. Enquiries from students on Life Sciences degree programmes are welcomed. To be accepted students must achieve a good upper second-class average in their first and second year exams and are expected to have taken the Infection and Immunology modules offered in year two.

Structure

The curriculum provides a broad and comprehensive foundation in three compulsory modules on Immunology in Health and Disease, Infectious Agents and Cellular Pathology in term one. In term two, students choose two from eight optional modules to extend their study of immunology, infectious diseases and/or neoplastic diseases. Each taught module represents 15 credits and the laboratory project represents 45 credits. Therefore, students will complete 120 credits, comprising the laboratory project and five taught modules.

The taught components of this programme are complemented by a substantial laboratory research project based on the student's interests, which spans four months of the course. This highly popular component offers students an invaluable opportunity to experience original scientific research by becoming an integral part of leading UCL biomedical research groups. Frequently, this leads to original research publications, and provides an excellent platform for those with aspirations for careers in clinical academic research.

Compulsory modules
  • Immunology in Health and Disease
  • Infectious Agents
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Laboratory-based Research Project
Optional modules
  • Autoimmunity and Transplantation
  • Viruses and Disease
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • The Immune System, Cancer and its Treatment
  • Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics
  • Global Eradication of Viruses
  • Evolution and Infectious Diseases
  • Mathematical Modelling in Biomedicine
  • HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinics

For further information visit our undergraduate modules page.

Fees and funding

For further information about current tuition fees and funding support visit the UCL Undergraduate Degrees website.

Apply

Students interested in transferring to our BSc Immunology & Infection programme should arrange a meeting with our Teaching Director, Professor Richard Milne, to discuss their application. Decisions are based on overall performance in years 1 and 2, plus an informal interview. To register your interest please contact the Teaching Manager, Biljana Nikolic, or Teaching Director, Professor Richard Milne.

Careers

Our BSc Immunology & Infection programme is a great opportunity for students wishing to develop their interest in infection and immunity. In particular the strong emphasis on research provides excellent preparation for a PhD or postgraduate study.