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BSc (Hons) in

Medical Sciences

(Immunology and Infection)

The study of the immune system is fundamental to understanding many common disorders or infections and the development of novel therapies to treat disease. This intercalated BSc (Hons) programme gives you the opportunity to explore the exciting and developing field of immunology and infection.

Course length 1 year full-time
Start date September 2022
Location University of York


About the programme

You will undertake taught modules focusing on host pathogen interactions which result in human disease. This will be further explored in specific immunological contexts along with the importance of understanding mechanisms of disease in the development of novel therapies. You can select one module to tailor your degree to your own interest. You will carry out an independent research project within the theme of immunology and infection.

This degree will help you develop your academic research skills, including critical analysis and data analysis in addition to experimental design and practical laboratory skills.

All teaching will be undertaken within the Department of Biology, University of York. Hull York Medical School staff from the Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine group contribute significantly to the teaching you will receive within the department. On successfully completing the programme, you will graduate with a BSc (Hons). All our degrees at Hull York Medical School are awarded by both our parent universities – the University of Hull and the University of York.


Students must undertake 120 credits of study. 40 credits will be obtained via the compulsory research project. A further 60 credits will be obtained from three core taught modules. Students may select 20 credits from a selection of optional taught modules detailed below.

The Department of Biology continually reviews the modules it offers to students. The modules detailed below may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of staff. We will endeavour to keep you updated with respect to any changes that may affect these intercalated programmes.

Module Core/Optional Level Credits
Research project (Theme: immunology and infection) Core 6 40
Immunology and infection Core 5 20
Haematology and immunology in health and disease Core 6 20
Mechanisms to therapies Core 6 20
Advanced topics in pathogens and pathogenesis Optional 6 20
Ageing and regenerative medicine Optional 6 20
Cancer cell and molecular biology Optional 6 20
Human genetics Optional 6 20
Laboratory work

Teaching and assessment

How is the programme taught and assessed?

Teaching within the department is delivered in thematic modules via a mix of lectures and workshops. Laboratory practicals also provide a basis for learning for modules at Level 5. You will also be expected to undertake self-directed learning to consolidate your learning.

Learning for each module will be assessed by at least one assessment, which will vary between modules. Examples of assessment include essay/coursework, closed examinations and open assessments designed to test your skills in data analysis, experimental design, synthesis, evaluation or application. The research project is assessed by a dissertation and an oral assessment.


Entry requirements

You can intercalate after successfully passing your second year of your MB BS Medicine or equivalent degree.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for 2022 entry are:

  • UK (Home): £9,250
  • International (including EU): £24,000



How to apply

Please complete the online application form.

The application form requires details of two referees. Once you have submitted your application form, reference forms are automatically sent to the referees you indicate in your application.

The closing date for applications is 30 June.