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Infectious Diseases and Immunobiology iBSc

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Infectious diseases are responsible for one-third of deaths worldwide. Intensive research has led to the development of antiviral drugs that treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus as well as vaccines that prevent many infections. However, pathogens such as Ebola virus and Zika virus are constantly emerging. While the immune system protects the host from pathogens, when it is dysregulated, numerous diseases can develop. Recent advances in molecular and cellular immunology have led to exciting new cancer and autoimmune disease treatments. This course explores how viruses and other pathogens replicate and how the human immune system is regulated.

For more information, including details on how to apply, see our Intercalated BSc pages.

  • You will develop an in-depth understanding of infectious and immunologically-mediated diseases

  • You will explore current trends in cutting-edge areas of research by working alongside international experts at a leading research institution

  • You will develop the skills to understand and evaluate scientific research papers

  • You will be taught by internationally renowned scientists

  • Graduates have been published as a result of their BSc project

Key information

UCAS code N/A

Duration One year

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences



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Course detail


This degree is a one-year study course that comprises modules totalling 120 credits. The courses will explore how viruses and other pathogens replicate and cause disease, how the immune response is controlled, and how this knowledge can be used to develop novel therapies. It also equips students with the skills to understand and evaluate biomedical research.

 A core component is that all students complete a supervised research project in cutting-edge infectious disease or immunology labs.

 Overall, this programme provides students with knowledge and understanding of key molecular, cellular and tissue disease processes in the context of clinically relevant infectious and immunological diseases.


The following table gives an indication of the contact and self-study time allocation you might expect from a typical academic year: 

Seminars & Tutorials 
Practicals/Lab Work 
 Private Study

 Immunology of Human Disease

 30  -  -  120  -  

 Molecular Immunology

 27  1  -  113  9  

 Viruses & Disease

 36  20  10  234  -  

 Analysis of scientific papers in infectious diseases and immunobiology

 30  -  -  120  -  

 Infectious Diseases & Immunobiology Laboratory Project

 -  -  150  250  50  

 Immunobiology & Immunotherapy of Cancer

 22  2  30  96  -  















Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.  You will study 120 credits during the academic year, which equates to 1,200 theoretical hours of learning.


Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include presentations, exams and a dissertation. Coursework contributes approximately 30% and examinations approximately 70% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Denmark Hill, Guy’s and Waterloo campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

See our full list of intercalated courses here.



Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. This is a one-year course. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Immunology of Human Disease (15 credits)

  • Molecular Immunology (15 credits)

  • Viruses & Disease (30 credits)

  • Analysis of scientific papers in infectious diseases and immunobiology (15 credits)

  • Infectious Diseases & Immunobiology Laboratory Project (45 credits)


Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-todate, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements


Required subjects

This BSc accepts Medical, Dental and Veterinary students.

Further information and other requirements

Please see the Intercalated BSc Entry Requirements page.

Selection procedure

Application deadline

King's students:  27th January 2020 
Non-King's students: 2nd March 2020  

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £26,700 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 

  • Library fees and fines 

  • Personal photocopies 

  • Printing course handouts 

  • Society membership fees 

  • Stationery 

  • Graduation costs

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

  • Alternative venue examination fees

Please see the Intercalated BSc Fees & Funding page.

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Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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