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Biology of Infectious Disease - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

The exciting Biology of Infectious Disease BSc (Hons) undergraduate degree will introduce you to the subject of infectious disease, developing the skills you need to become a talented biologist capable of analysing, processing and innovating in this increasingly important field. Special highlights of the course include work-related learning, the chance to create your own unique third year project and access to our state-of-the-art Science Centre.

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The science of infectious diseases is a modern, cutting-edge topic. Our Biology of Infectious Disease BSc will provide you with a broad knowledge base and deep understanding of the scientific basis of health and disease including the causes and public health impacts of infectious disease, host responses and diagnostic and therapeutic technologies.

You’ll have 12 hours of contact time per week with our research-active academic staff in the form of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and practicals. The teaching team and specially invited guest lecturers will build your competencies in a range of specialist areas including immunology and virology, pathology and toxicology. This will be integrated with both experimental and theoretical work in computing skills and ethics.

There will also be the opportunity to undertake a work-related placement module, enabling you to gain practical experience in your field. Combined with the earlier theoretical work, this will help you develop transferable skills.

In your third year, you’ll work on a unique project where you can analyse your own experimental data in our fully-equipped, state-of-the-art Science Centre with specialist labratories. You’ll also have access to the extensive collection of scientific books and online materials in our library to aid you in your studies.

Assessment

Your theoretical knowledge will be assessed through problem solving exercises, in-class tests, data analysis, practical reports, case studies, extended essays, examinations, a research project interim report, an oral examination and a dissertation.

Your practical skills will be assessed through coursework assignments, including those in the Final Research Project module, while your data handling skills will be assessed by practical reports, problem solving exercises, oral presentations and examinations.

Formative assessments will include group activities in tutorial classes, mini-tests and project workshops.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should:

  • a minimum of grades CCC with C in Biology and C in Chemistry (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits—you should take Level 3 qualifications in Biology and Chemistry in addition to your Advanced Diploma)
  • English language and mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of human anatomy and physiology in health and disease. It is designed for life-science students with an interest in human biology, but particularly for those wishing to pursue advanced studies in forensic science, biomedical science, nutrition, dietetics, and other health related sciences.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This is a module which provides students with an understanding of basic cell structures and an awareness of different cell types and relates the structure and activities of cell components to their functions and to cellular activities as a whole. An overview of the organisation, expression, and replication of genetic information will be provided and the principles of Mendelian inheritance will be investigated. The consequences of mutation on gene expression are examined together with an introduction to techniques of gene analysis and manipulation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    The module provides an introduction to core aspects of chemistry - concepts of chemical formulae, reaction processes, and interactions between particles are enumerated. Fundementals of organic chemistry are expounded, with emphasis on bonding, molecular structure, and simple reaction mechanisms. The second half of the module is concerned with biochemistry focusing on the properties of key biochemical molecules and their role in biochemical function.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module will introduce students to safe contemporary (GLP) practice in the laboratory environment, practical bioscience techniques, simple chemical techniques and the discipline of accurate laboratory record keeping. Professional issues, study skills and data analysis will be integrated in the module.In the final 10 weeks the three variants diverge and techniques are related more specifically to the degree area the student is studying.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module is a level 5 core module for the Biomedical Science degree. The module develops an understanding of infection science from a systems and laboratory diagnostic perspective. Students will develop their knowledge of the different types of microorganisms and how they cause disease. The module will also give students knowledge of the immune system in health and disease. Through case studies in tutorials students will develop vocationally relevant critical reasoning and problem solving skills. Through laboratory practical exercises students will develop practical laboratory skills. Development of vocational reasoning and practical skills will enhance employability.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    AS5005 Molecules of Heredity and Defence runs throughout the year and starts with the underlying principles of molecular biology in eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms, with emphasis on understanding mechanisms of gene expression, genome structure, variation and replication, and genetic inheritance and genetic causes of disease. The latter half is an introduction to immunology with an emphasis on molecular aspects, especially linked to immune system genes, genetic variation and immune defence.
    Required prior learning: to successfully complete this module, students are expected to have adequate knowledge of AS4003 Cell and Molecular Biology or its equivalent. The module is assessed by a combination of practical report, in-class quizzes, an in-class test, a written report and an exam. Successful completion of the module requires attendance of practical classes.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    The module addresses the major parasites of medical importance. It emphasises those aspects of parasite life-cycles that contribute to disease and pathology, the anti-parasite immune responses they engender, how parasites evade these responses, and alternative control measures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module explores the classification, structure and function of tissues within the Human body, and provides in-depth coverage of the fundamentals of the science of pathology, exploring the underlying genetic, molecular and cellular perturbations that lead to pathological tissue states incurred by inflammation, infection, trauma and neoplasia. Students will also gain practical experience of modern laboratory techniques used to investigate and diagnose tissue samples within a biomedical setting.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module introduces different normative philosophical bases for ethical decision-making, and gives opportunities for critically applying these principles and approaches to a range of contemporary moral issues in the human sciences.

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  • This module focuses on understanding key principles of metabolism. These principles are illustrated through study of the major metabolic pathways. How metabolism interacts with the nutritional environment is discussed throughout the module.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module focuses on extending students' learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to tackle real-life problems, appropriate to their academic level, by undertaking a short period of professional activity in the workplace. The placement needs to be approved prior to being undertaken, by the work placement coordinator. It is expected that the student should work for 140 hours, for which they will be required to provide evidence (completed in the summer or part-time over the Autumn or Spring semester). The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed on an individual basis. Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities and with all aspects of their job search and applications. However, it is the students’ responsibility to obtain suitable employment, and roles cannot be guaranteed. DBS checks and or Hep B vaccination may be required for some placements (NHS or School-based).

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module focuses on human pathology involving the evaluation of structural and functional changes in tissues brought about by infection, inflammation, trauma and neoplasia. Selected examples will be studied in depth to explore the underlying causes as well as the pathophysiological features of disease. The epidemiology of selected diseases will be studied and strategies used for disease control and management will be explored including examples of prophylaxis and therapy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module will provide students with an understanding of applications of manipulation of microorganisms and potential genetic model organisms for gene manipulation, expression and regulation, microbial cultivation and their applications in pharmaceutical, food and agriculture sectors. In addition, students will gain in-depth skills in research processes.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    This module will enable students to demonstrate the skills necessary to carry out a scientific programme requiring significant research. It will allow students to demonstrate the final development of their subject knowledge, skills and understanding through extended research based on laboratory, literature or field work, or meta-analysis of databases. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    The module focuses on the development and operation of the immune system in both health and disease and explores current research in immunopathology, stem cells and immunotherapy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module characterises the aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical investigation and treatment of selected systems diseases that make a significant contribution to morbidity and mortality within healthcare. Aspects covered begin with an overview of pathology, followed by a systems approach to disease, including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, immune disorders, obesity, diabetes, inborn errors of metabolism, nutritional deficiencies, and cancer

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module will enable students to extend their understanding of toxicity. They will study the influences of endogenous and foreign compound metabolism on toxicity. Students will learn how these processes can be modulated in the treatment of poisonings.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    This module will focus on the structure, genome and replication strategy of viruses, their role in disease, epidemiological factors that facilitate transmission and their control with antiviral drugs and vaccines.

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The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry and Laboratory Science

Year 2 modules include:

  • Infection Science
  • Parasitology
  • Tissue Science Molecules of Heredity and Defence

Year 3 modules include:

  • Advanced Infection and Tissue Science
  • Systems Pathology
  • Toxicology
  • Immunology and Virology
  • Final Research Project

This is a new course at London Met. As a graduate of this degree, you’ll be equipped for employment in the medical and allied research institutes, health agency laboratories, bioanalytical medical genetics and forensic units, health and safety and information services, science education and the wider pharmaceutical industry. Graduates from related courses such as Biological Science BSc have gone on to work for organisations such as the Royal Society of Biology.

The analytical, numerical and communication skills you’ll have developed are also in demand in non-science-based careers, such as those in the financial services sector, marketing and company administration.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

Fees and key information

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