Division of Infection and Immunity


iBSc Immunology, Infection and Cell Pathology

We seek excellent students who wish to study the mechanisms of infectious and immunological diseases and engage with current issues faced in this area at the leading edge of medicine.

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This integrated Immunology, Infection & Cell Pathology iBSc programme focuses on in-depth understanding of the role of the immune system, infectious agents and cellular processes in the pathogenesis of diseases and how they can be modified by treatment.

We will encourage you to exploit and develop your analytical and critical abilities, to increase your scientific maturity and self-confidence, and help you build an intellectual framework for rapidly assimilating new subject areas and evaluating the claims made in contemporary medical research.

Key information and entry

1 year integrated BSc [Year 3: Medicine MBBS BSc]

Entry requirements
Available to Year 3 students studying the Medicine MBBS BSc


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
  • The Immunological Basis of Autoimmune Disease
  • 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
  • Frontiers in Tuberculosis

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. 


Second year medical students should submit their application through Moodle. Decisions are based on personal statements assessed by programme tutors. For further information about our iBSc programme contact: ii.infection-immunityadmin@ucl.ac.uk.


The Immunology, Infection & Cell Pathology iBSc provides an excellent platform for individuals seeking a career in clinical academic research. Students undertake this iBSc as part of the MBBS programme so will most likely work as doctors after graduating.