Introduction

Our understanding of infectious diseases and the immune response has been revolutionized by recent discoveries in innate immunity, genetics and genomics, and microbiology. These scientific advances have led to the development of novel immuno-therapeutics and major clinical breakthroughs for the treatment of previously intractable diseases in almost all clinical specialties, including Renal, Rheumatology, Neurology, Transplantation, Cancer, Respiratory and Infectious Diseases.

Infections & Immunity research in Imperial College has made major global contributions to immune-based treatments. Recent examples of translational research from Departments that participate in this BSc course include:

Jacques Behmoaras

Andy Edwards

Ramzi Khamis

This BSc. course will cover essential concepts in immunology and infectious diseases that underpin vaccination, antimicrobial therapy and resistance, cancer immunotherapy, allergy, autoimmunity and transplant biology, using clinical examples. Seminars will be given by experts in these areas from Imperial College. You will also receive training in research techniques, data analysis, science communication and presentation skills, discuss current and future research and clinical challenges in immune-related diseases, and gain research experience via a laboratory-based project within an active research group.

This course will analyse current clinical challenges in infections and immunity, preparing you to apply your knowledge in the coming years via your research and clinical practice.

The Course Director is Professor Steven Ley (s.ley@imperial.ac.uk).


Aims and objectives

The course aims to:

  • Ensure that students are familiar with the fundamental elements of the molecular and cellular processes that underpin inflammation and immunological responses to infection, tissue transplants and tumours
  • Provide an insight into the importance, indications and limitations of immunological and pathological testing techniques and therapies in clinical practice
  • Foster the ability to criticise and comment on scientific research, work independently and as part of a group, and to develop oral and written presentation skills
  • Provide training in research through the project

By the end of the course the student will:

  • Have a broad understanding of how and why microorganisms cause human disease
  • Be able to discuss how the immune system recognises and responds to foreign and sometimes to self-antigens
  • Understand how disordered immunity, inflammation and regulatory mechanisms can contribute to human disease
  • Understand the immune challenges of transplantation and the relevance and importance of clinical organ transplants
  • Understand the principles of therapeutic immune modulation through vaccination and immunomodulation

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 Intercalated BSc Guide - 2021-22 Entry (PDF).

If you have any queries about the application process, please email the Faculty Education Office (BSc Team) at feo.bsc@imperial.ac.uk.