UCL Division of Medicine


Affiliated Programmes

This page contains information on the programmes run outside of the Division of Medicine: Cancer Biomedicine, Infection and Immunity, Medical Innovation and Enterprise, Sports and Exercise Medicine

Affiliated Programmes

After the shared first year of the Intergrated Medical Sciences Programme students specialise in their chosen programme, either within the Division of Medicine (Applied Medical Sciences or Nutrition and Medical Sciences) or another Division within UCL. Here is an introduction to each of these programmes and links to their own website and prospectus:

Cancer Biomedicine

As one in two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer, knowledge of this disease is relevant across a broad range of careers. This programme focuses on cancer as a disease, its biological processes, therapeutic developments, and socioeconomic impact. The extensive skills and knowledge gained within this programme combine training in basic biomedical science, the pathological basis of disease, and translational medicine that will equip you for further MSc or PhD study, or employment in a wide range of biomedical research, allied health professions or the pharmaceutical industries.

Year one is demanding, covering the foundations of human biology and medicine. There are seven modules providing an understanding of human health and disease. Teaching of biochemistry, physiology and anatomy is integrated with an understanding of each organ system. One further module gives an introduction to cancer medicine in society and leads on to cancer-related modules in years two and three. You will be mostly based at UCL’s Royal Free campus in Hampstead, North London, and taught by world-leading scientists and clinicians.

Year two comprises compulsory modules covering molecular biology, cancer biology and therapeutics, and clinical cancer management. You will be able to choose further optional modules from a wide range of subjects in order to broaden your study and develop areas of personal interest.

Year three again combines compulsory and optional modules, with the compulsory modules examining how new cancer treatment strategies are designed and tested, and how novel therapies are tested through clinical trials. You will also undertake a research project. The wide range of optional modules allows students to tailor-make a preferred route within biomedical sciences, guided by interest and intended career choice.

Infection and Immunity

Infection is a global issue of immense importance: In the developing world. AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and measles still kill  more than 10 million people a year.  In addition, antimicrobial resistance poses an increasing global threat. The immune system has the remarkable capacity to recognise, attack and exclude all invaders including infectious agents and cancer cells. Increasingly immune responses can be harnessed to provide targeted therapies. 
This research-informed BSc Infection and Immunity 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 will give you an understanding of the roles of infectious agents and the immune system in health and disease and provide real insight into the language and concepts of the highest level of discovery research.

Medical Innovation and Enterprise

This unique BSc draws on world-leading expertise in medicine and business to create medical scientists who are not only familiar with the latest medical innovations (e.g. regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, imaging and nanomedicine) but also know how to translate these advances into clinical realities through enterprise.

Sports and Exercise Medical Sciences 

Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences is a novel degree program that bridges traditional sports science degrees and the newest medical specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM). 

The programme aims to give students a significant medical orientation to the scientific principles underpinning sport, exercise, physical activity and inactivity, as well as potential risks such as injuries.