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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.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
C550
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2021
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Biology and Chemistry required plus Mathematics preferred.
GCSEs
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.

Contextual offer

Grades
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Biology and Chemistry required plus Mathematics preferred.
GCSEs
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

Points
36
Subjects
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, plus Mathematics preferred with no score below 5.

Contextual offer

Points
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
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

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to include Distinction in Biology and Chemistry, plus Mathematics preferred.

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. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

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

UCL 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, practise communicating science, improve your scientific self-confidence and start thinking like an investigator.

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

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Infection and Immunity.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

Compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

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

  • Introduction to Clinical Trials
  • Applied Genomics
  • Experimental Genetics and Model Systems
  • Integrative Cell Biology
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Essential Protein Structure
  • Engaging the Public with Science
  • Science and Ethics
  • Science and Popular Culture
  • Medicine and Society

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
  • The Immunological Basis of Autoimmune Disease – From Experimental Models to Clinical Practice
  • Viruses and Disease
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • The Immune System, Cancer and its Treatment
  • Mathematical Modeling in Biomedicine
  • Global Eradication of Viruses
  • Evolution and Infectious Diseases
  • HIV Frontiers: from Research to Clinics

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 tutorials to discuss content and explore topics in greater depth.

Assessment

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. 

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

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Careers

Graduates of this programme will have acquired a robust and transferable skill 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.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£28,500 (2021/22)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

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

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

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 2021



Selection

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.


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