Respiratory scientists in lab

Further develop your understanding of respiratory disease at the largest respiratory research faculty in Europe.


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Rachel Breen

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Respiratory disease constitutes a highly common condition, reflecting a vast array of environmental, occupational and inherited factors. Patients with respiratory disease have a significant clinical and economic impact on the NHS and respiratory conditions have in turn a substantial personal impact on the affected individuals and their families. This course gives students the unique opportunity to study in depth the science underlying a number of respiratory conditions and their effective management.

This course will comprise three core teaching blocks, a self-directed learning block involving independent and group work, and a 15-week research project. 

The Course Director is Professor Louise Donnelly (

Aims and objectives

The aim of this course is to provide a scientific basis for the practice of, and research into, respiratory medicine. The course content will include the study of a broad range of respiratory sciences including:

  • Physiology and pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Genetics
  • Epidemiology of lung diseases
  • Pulmonary diagnostics

There is a strong practical element to the course with students being given the opportunity to attend clinics and observe novel diagnostic procedures in a research-active environment, thus relating their newly acquired scientific knowledge in a variety of clinical contexts.

Our BSc students will have access to the Faculty of Medicine's grand rounds and seminars, often delivered by prestigious international visiting scientists, and will attend a national conference. By the end of the BSc, students will have gained an understanding of the scientific basis of lung diseases, the aetiological factors involved, the investigation of these processes, and novel treatments not yet in routine practice.

Further Information and Application Guidance

With the exception of BSc Management and BSc Biomedical Engineering, all of Imperial College's intercalated BSc courses run from September until May. The courses comprise a 12 week teaching block where the students gain specialism-specific knowledge and skills, alongside their research training of core research knowledge and skills. All students also perform a 15 week research project within their specialism.

More information about applying for/undertaking an intercalated BSc course at Imperial College London and also the structure of our courses can be found in the downloadable Imperial College London Intercalated BSc Guide - 2022-23 Entry (PDF).

If you have any queries about the application process, please email the Faculty Education Office (BSc Team) at