Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Often credited as the ‘father of immunology’ Edward Jenner is said to have saved more lives than any other human being through his discovery of the smallpox vaccine. Modern study of immunology is an exciting and fast moving area of biomedicine and remains an extremely rewarding one to be part of.

At Brunel, we understand that your specialist knowledge should be built on a sound grounding of all the areas of biomedical sciences. This means that your first year will cover areas such as the human body, biochemistry and research skills. As you continue through your degree you will study specialist areas that will give you a greater understanding of the role of the immune system. You’ll learn about how the human defence system helps to prevent disease and you’ll focus on how this can fail through deficiencies in immunity.

And if you change your mind about your specialist area, don’t worry. The flexibility of our course at Brunel means that you can switch to another specialist pathway in the second year or even take the general Biomedical Sciences BSc.

Our immunology biomedical sciences degree can be studied over three years full-time, or four years full-time with a one-year work placement between years two and three.

The Royal Society of Biology has awarded its accreditation to all of Brunel’s BSc Biomedical Sciences courses. This means that you can be confident that your degree will prepare you for the working world – and your prospective employers will know this too. You will receive a one year’s membership as an Associate Member once you graduate, integrating you into the sector with access to key contacts and up-to-date knowledge.

In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to our research programmes in cellular and biochemical pathways, the regulation of gene expression, DNA repair and immunological responses to microbial infection. This will give you first-hand experience of real-world laboratory research and prepare you for your future career.

Course Modules

Core Modules

Year 1

Biochemistry: Structure and Function

Biology of the Cell

Critical Thinking 1

Practical Skills in Biomedical Sciences

Research Skills

The Human Body: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2

Core Modules

Career Planning

Data, graphs and analysis

Genetic Engineering and Immunobiology

Medical Microbiology

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Principles of Human Disease

Optional Modules

Analytical Biochemistry

Genetics and Development

Metabolic Regulation

Year 3

Core Modules

Medical Immunology

Microbial Pathogenesis

Final Year Project

Optional Modules

Cellular Pathologies

Endocrine Disorders

Genomic Medicine

Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology

The Biology and Treatment of Cancer

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Start Date:

09/2020

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £18,720 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.0with no less than 5.5 in each subsectionInstitution's Own Test60% in Brunel English Language Testwith no less than 55% in each subsection