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.
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.
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)
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Sciences Extended Degree.
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:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Biochemistry and Laboratory Science
Year 2 modules include:
- Infection Science
- Tissue Science Molecules of Heredity and Defence
Year 3 modules include:
- Advanced Infection and Tissue Science
- Systems Pathology
- 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.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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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