BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences (Immunology and Infection)

Understanding the immune system – as well as infectious diseases – is essential for clinicians and researchers around the world.

The study of the immune system during health and disease is fundamental to the understanding of many common disorders or infections and is key to the development of novel therapies to treat disease. 

This one year intercalated BSc (Hons) degree programme gives you the opportunity to explore the exciting and developing field of immunology and infection. 

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.  

How is the programme taught

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.   

How is the programme assessed  

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.  


Students must undertake 120 credits of study. 40 credits will be obtained via the compulsory research project (marked with a C). A further 60 credits will be obtained from three core taught modules (marked with a C). Students may select 20 credits from a selection of optional taught modules (marked with an O) 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 Credit
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

About the Department of Biology at the University of York

Teaching within the Department of Biology is delivered by researchers from four departments with outstanding biomedical research activity: the Department of Biology, Hull York Medical School, the Department of Health Sciences, and the Department of Psychology. Biology at York is highly active in both research and teaching.    

The department was ranked 1st for overall satisfaction in Biosciences in the Russell Group in the NSS 2021. The department is also ranked 6th in the UK for Biosciences by the Guardian University Guide 2021, 10th for Biological Sciences by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and is currently 15th for Biological Sciences in the Complete University Guide 2021.

The most recent external review of research – the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – placed Biology at York in the top 10 in the UK. Moreover, Biology at York was ranked 1st in the UK for research impact; our research has had major influence on environmental policy, industry and health.

Researchers within the department of Biology, along with Hull York Medical School's Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine researchers are active within the recently established York Biomedical Research Institute.    

Further information about the Department of Biology is available on the University of York website.

Entry requirements

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

Tuition fees
        The tuition fees for 2022 entry are:
  • UK (Home): £9,250
  • International (including EU): £24,000