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An opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of gastroenterology and hepatology


Course Administrator
Fiona Bibby 

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The BSc in Gastroenterology and Hepatology allows a science-based study of the physiology, cell biology, pathology and pharmacology of the gastrointestinal tract and liver in health and disease. Gene-environmental interactions, including metabolic, genetic and nutritional disorders, principles underlying diagnosis and therapy, with the emphasis on the science underlying imaging and neoplasia, and infective, immunological and inflammatory mechanisms as applied to the gastrointestinal tract and liver will be studied.

The Course Director is Professor Julian Marchesi (

Aims and objectives

The course aims to give a firm grounding in the scientific basis of gastroenterology and hepatology. Students will acquire a wider, more generally applicable knowledge of genetics, immunology, metabolism, infectious disease and pathology.

After taking this course students will have:

  • A broad knowledge of the physiology of the GI tract and liver in health, and the pathophysiological mechanisms which lead to disease
  • An appreciation of various genetic and environmental influences on disease including nutritional science and metabolism
  • A knowledge of the scientific principles underlying diagnostic techniques and modern therapies
  • Familiarity with epidemiology, mechanisms and treatment of neoplasia in the GI tract and liver
  • An understanding of immunological, infective and inflammatory mechanisms in general and in specific GI and liver diseases
  • Specific Skills
  • Students will gain a practical knowledge of gastrointestinal investigation. Students will have a more general understanding of scientific method and experience in literature searches, assessment of publications and presentation of scientific reviews will be gained


This is a one-year intercalated BSc. To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be registered on a recognised Medical, Dental or Veterinary course at a UK or Irish university.
  • Have completed at least one year of that course before you apply to Imperial. i.e. you must be at least in Year 2 in 2023/24.
  • Have at least one year of your degree left when you return to your home institution after completing your intercalated BSc.

Application Process

The application process for 2024-25 entry is now closed.

Selection is based on your application form and the supporting documents you will upload with your application. Please find further information about the application process in the downloadable Imperial College London Intercalated BSc Guide for 2024-25 entry (PDF)

The term dates can be found in the downloadable  iBSc Term Dates & Course Structure_Academic Year 2024-25

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