Respiratory scientists in lab

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


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Our graduates

One of our graduates, Dr Francesca Conway, gives us an insight into a typical week as a Clinical Research Fellow.

Read about her week on the Imperial Medicine Blog.


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 14-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.


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

BSc Translational Respiratory Medicine is still considering applications for 2024/25 entry. You can apply online now.

Applicants should expect to receive the outcome of their application within two weeks of submission.

The deadline for late applications is 16:00 on Friday 23rd August 2024. The application process may close sooner if all spaces on the course are filled.

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 BSc Translational Respiratory Medicine will run from Monday 23 September 2024 until Friday 23 May 2025. 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