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2nd year Modules

IMMN2001 Immunology
Provides a thorough grounding in basic cellular and molecular immunology. This knowledge is then built upon to discuss the more applied aspects of immunology including defence against infection and defects in immune responsiveness such as immunodeficiencies, allergy and autoimmune disease. The module consists of lectures and review sessions, and is examined by an unseen written exam (80% of final mark) and a coursework essay (20% of final mark).

Module Tutor: Professor Peter Delves

INFN2001 Infection
Common pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites are discussed in relation to their characteristics and the diseases they cause. Preventative and therapeutic control of infection is also covered. The module comprises lectures and quiz sessions, and is examined by an unseen written exam (80% of final mark) and a coursework essay (20% of final mark).

Module Tutor: Dr Richard Milne

3rd year modules

The following modules are available to 3rd year students. See the Common Timetable Block Allocations

INIM3002 Immunology in Health & Disease (Term 1)
This module will extend your understanding of immunology from (1) cellular and molecular anatomy of the immune system and (2) the principles of immune responses, through to (3) advanced contemporary understanding of role of immunology in health and the mechanisms of immunopathogenesis in disease.

Module Tutor: Dr Brian De Souza

INIM3003 Infectious Agents (Term 1)
This module will provide a state-of-the-art review of current issues in the field of infection. Themed teaching sessions will comprise a short introduction to the topic followed by discussion and critique of a recent paper that students will be required to read in advance. The aim of the module is not to cover a comprehensive curriculum but to teach the language and concepts of the field through specific research-led examples.

Module Tutor: Dr Richard Milne

INIM3004 Cellular Pathology (Term 1)
Cellular pathology encompasses the mechanisms by which dysfunction of cellular processes contributes to the pathogenesis of disease. In this module, we aim (1) to give you an in‑depth understanding of key cellular processes, (2) to highlight the mechanisms by which their dysfunction can cause disease, and (3) to introduce the contemporary experimental approaches that are used to study these.

Module Tutor: Professor Benny Chain

VIRL3001 Molecular Virology (Term 1)
The aim of the course is to give the students an up to date insight into molecular virology and viral diseases, with particular focus on human pathogens and new research developments in the field. Seven weeks of lectures and tutorials will examine the biology of Herpesviruses, Retroviruses including HIV, Hepatitis viruses Human Papilloma viruses and Influenza viruses.  The molecular aspects of virus replication will be put in context of disease pathogenesis and therapy. New emerging viruses and transmission of viruses from animals to humans will also be explored.  Moreover, lectures will provide insight on how certain viruses cause cancer in humans and animals, on the molecular interactions between viruses and their hosts and how these have shaped virus evolution. Two lectures will be dedicated to anti-viral drugs and gene therapy using viral vectors. The course will cover the breath of immune responses to viral infections, both innate and acquired, and vaccination strategies.

Module Tutor: Dr Richard Milne

INIM3001 Laboratory-Based Research Project (Term 1 & 2)

This module aims to give you firsthand experience of original laboratory research under direct supervision of principal investigators at UCL. We assess the aspirations of each student individually to identify their preferences for potential types of project that are relevant to the broad scope of the iBSc. Together with their supervisor, students will then formulate a specific project, design and undertake experiments, and interpret /communicate their work in oral presentations and a written report. This module provides invaluable teaching in scientific methodology, laboratory techniques, critical appraisal of original experimental data, and unique insight into the potential of new discoveries. The skills acquired here provide a competitive platform for students who may wish to pursue a future clinical academic career. 

Module Tutor: Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi

INIM3005 Immunodeficiency & Therapeutics (Term 2)
Both genetic (primary immunodeficiency) and environmental (secondary immunodeficiency) causes of impaired immunity will be discussed, together with the consequences for the patient of such deficiencies. The insights provided into the functioning of the normal immune system will be explored, as will the reasons why certain pathogens reveal themselves in the form of opportunistic infection. The treatment options that are available for these will be discussed, including research which aims to transform gene therapy into a ‘routine’ procedure.

Module Tutor: Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi

INIM3006 Allergy, Autoimmunity & Transplantation (Term 2)
This module focuses on the mechanisms by which the immune system can cause diseases by inappropriate immune responses against self or transplanted tissues. We aim (1) to describe the contemporary understanding of allergic and hypersensitivity disorders; (2) to describe the spectrum of pathogenetic mechanisms involved in antibody and cell mediated autoimmunity; (3) to give a broad understanding of the principles of transplantation, transplant rejection and graft versus host disease.

Module Tutor: Dr Brian De Souza

INIM3008 Microbial Pathogenesis (Term 2)
This module builds on the foundations of the compulsory module on “Infectious Agents”, with a particular focus on bacterial, fungal and parasitic pathogens that cause human disease. The course will cover the role of microbial virulence factors and the host‑pathogen interactions that mediate disease, and hence inform our clinical management strategies. 

Module Tutor: Prof Tim McHugh

INIM3007 Viruses & Disease (Term 2)
This module is based on a major strength in experimental and clinical virology at UCL, with the aim to provide advanced understanding of (1) the principles of virus replication (2) the remarkable interaction between a virus and its host and (3) broad knowledge of individual virus infections, their treatment and prevention.

Module Tutor: Dr Richard Milne

INIM3009 Neoplasia & its Treatment (Term 2)
This module explores the processes and molecular mechanisms that underpin neoplastic transformation, tumour invasion and metastasis, with reference to specific haematological and solid tumours. The module complements the other themes in the programme from the role of viruses in oncogenesis, to the mechanisms of immunological tolerance to tumours and research-led approaches to immunotherapy of cancer.

Module Tutor: Dr Clare Bennett

Students comments have been collated by Professor Pete Delves and Mrs Biljana Nikolic and give us a good "end of term" report! Date: July 2012.

IMMN2001 Immunology

Module (Lead, Professor Peter Delves): ‘Absolutely awesome. I would definitely recommend it to first year biology students as a useful grounding irrespective of whether or not immunology is a chosen career path. Very well organised too, the course organizer is always very on the ball and this really helps avoid confusion among students.’

Lecturer (Professor Peter Delves): ‘Out of all the lecturers I have had during my exchange year in London, this lecturer was the best. He is very good at teaching, very pedagogic and devoted.’

INFN2001 Infection

Module (Lead, Professor Peter Delves): ‘I thought the teaching has been quite phenomenal and I've been greatly impressed with the passion each lecture has been taught with as well as information that has been communicated. Each lecture was interesting and definitely left me wanting to do some wider reading too. In my time at UCL, I probably haven't enjoyed any other course I've taken as much as this one. I would like to add that this department is an asset to both yourself and UCL.

Lecturer (Dr Richard Milne): ‘FANTASTIC presentation. Clearly spoken, slow enough to take a good set of notes’.

INIM3002 Immunology in Health and Disease

Module (Lead, Dr Antony Antoniou): ‘really enjoyed!’

Lecturer (Dr Nandi Simpson): ‘Terrific, very encouraging and knowledgeable!’

INIM3003 Infectious Agents

Module (Lead, Dr Richard Milne): ‘Brilliant whistle stop tour of infectious diseases, enjoyed the holistic approach to learning and the broad array of topics covered along with the historical flavour! Great fun!’

Lecturer (Dr Indran Balakrishnan): ‘really enjoyable. Lots of context, explanation etc. so it was easy to remember and very engaging.’

INIM3004 Cellular Pathology

Module (Lead, Professor Benny Chain): ‘…the majority of lectures were both very interesting and informative’.

Guest Lecturer (Professor Sir Tim Hunt, CRUK, Nobel Laureate): ’…. Excellent speaker. Vibrant, funny and outspoken.’

INIM3005 Immunodeficiency and Therapeutics

Module (Lead, Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi): ‘interesting lectures’.

Lecturer (Dr Emma Morris): ‘good interactive lecture’.

INIM3006 Allergy, Autoimmunity and Transplantation

Module (Lead, Professor Peter Delves): 100% of students felt the module fully achieved the aims and objectives stated in the coursebook.

Guest Lecturer (Dr Alan Salama, UCL Internal Medicine): ‘Very well presented.’

INIM3007 Viruses and Disease

Module (Lead, Dr Richard Milne): ‘Superbly organised, interesting topics with a lot of scope for reading more around what interested me.’

Lecturer (Professor Paul Griffiths): ‘Really interesting lecture. Good slides.’

INIM3008 Microbial Pathogenesis

Module (Lead, Dr Bambos Charalambous): ‘my favourite module this year’.

Lecturer (Dr Bambos Charalambous): ‘one of the best lecturers in my whole 3 years at UCL. 10/10’.

INIM3009 Neoplasia and its Treatment

Module (Lead, Dr Emma Morris): ‘Good balance between the molecular mechanisms and clinical aspects of cancer.’

Guest Lecturer (Professor John Hartley, UCL Cancer Institute): ‘Fantastic lecture……really great explanations.’

VIRL3001 Molecular Virology

Module (Lead, Dr Ari Fassati): ‘Very good to look at a paper published by people at UCL and be able to talk about it with the people involved’

Lecturer (Dr Marlen Aasa-Chapman): ‘really good and interesting’.

Undergraduate programmes

MBBS Teaching

Student Experience

George Gladstone (September 2010):
"I found the year hugely enjoyable with a fantastic combination of lectures covering specific diseases and infections in detail, whilst overview lectures helped to tie the entire course together. The flexibility to chose between different modules, and the ability to frop in on lectures from other modules when free, allows students to tailor the course to their own specific interests. Small group work involving the discussion and presentation of various scientific papers allowed the development of both presentation skills and being able to dissect key data from papers, which are often much more complex and information rich than information in papers in medical journals."

Presentations to the entire course also helped to enhance these skills, with valuable feedback from student and staff alike leaving me feeling much more confident in both my manner of presentation and the content that I was delivering.

The research project is the much discussed corner-stone of the course, and rightly so - choice is again key, and being able to select a project that appealed to me personally ensured that I remained interested and committed. My supervisor was very eager to help me get to grips with even the most basic techniques of lab work, along with all the other skills associated with research, and I felt involved and that I was contributing something useful towards the sum output of the lab. Being attached to labs that are at the cutting edge of research and actively making new discoveries in their various fields is highly invigorating.

I'd advice prospective students not to be put off by the mention of lab work, or the manner in which the course attempts to maintain a grounding in research - knowing even roughly how a research lab functions is very useful, as well as understanding quite how much effort goes into producing items for publication. The work involved is very satisfyingboth on the day-to-day level, in the longer term. Everyone attached to the course from the head of the department to your supervisors and lecturers remains approachable and open to requests and comments, in a manner very different from phase 1."

Bethan Goulden (August 2009):
"I decided to do Immunology and Cell Pathology because I'd really enjoyed the Infection and Defence module of the first year and wanted a course that was clinically relevant.

UCL is allied to a number of institutions, including University College Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, Moorfield's Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, meaning that you are oftern taught by clinicians at the forefront of their field in both patient care and research. We were taught about the weird and wonderful aspects of the immune system, from the biochemical through to the clinical, from the incredible rare immunodefiency syndromes to worldwide killers such as leishmaniasis, and the devastating impact chemotherapy, transplantation, immunosuppression and AIDS wreak on the human body. Furthermore, the affiliated hospitals and research institutions provided a wealth of opportunities for the iBSc project itself: in a wide variety of fields spanning ophthalmology, virology, oncology and paediatrics.

Working in the field of autoimmunity gave me the opportunity to attend autoimmnune rheumatic disease clinics at UCH, do lab-based research and subsequently to get published. It was a hugely challenging, yet ultimately fulfilling experience, and despite the fact that it involved some hard work along the way, I had no regrets about choosing this iBSc. I spent a year learning about a topic which truly fascinated me and when I entered clinics, turned out to be genuinely useful."


For additional information, please contact the Divisional Teaching Administrator,
Ms Biljana Nikolic

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