Biomedical Sciences (Immunology)

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

Year 1

- Biochemistry: Structure and Function

- Biology of the Cell

- Career Planning and Innovation

- Critical Thinking 1

- The Human Body: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

- Introduction to Data Analysis

- Practical Skills in Biomedical Sciences

Year 2

Compulsory modules

- Career Planning

- Data Analysis

- Genetics, Genomics and Human Health

- Human Pathology and Immunology

- Medical Microbiology

- Molecular and Cellular Biology

Optional modules

- Analytical Biochemistry

- Developmental Genetics and Stem Cell Biology

- Metabolic Regulation

Year 3

Compulsory modules

- Medical Immunology

- Microbial Pathogenesis

- Final Year Project

Optional modules

- The Biology and Treatment of Cancer

- Cellular Pathologies

- Endocrine Disorders

- Genomic Medicine

- Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology

Start Date

09/2021

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
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) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £19,280 Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.0 -- with no less than 5.5 in each subsection
  • Institution's Own Test: 60% in Brunel English Language Test -- with no less than 55% in each subsection
  • TOEFL (iBT): 79.0 -- with a minimum of:
  • Reading - 18
  • Listening - 17
  • Speaking - 20
  • Writing - 17
  • PTE Academic: 51.0 -- with a minimum of 51 in all subscores