This course investigates the fundamental mechanisms of diseases and potential ways to treat them. It offers intercalators an exciting opportunity to study at the forefront of research in pathology and microbiology.

Intercalated BSc in Pathology and Microbiology

It will equip you with clinically relevant knowledge and skills which will benefit your future career.

What will I study?

The course comprises four lecture units and a research skills unit which includes a substantial research project. Students choose two units from the following three:

  • Medical Microbiology describes how bacteria and fungi become resistant to antimicrobial agents and the genetic mechanisms involved in the spread of resistance.
  • Medical Virology examines the main viral diseases in man such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, herpes, papilloma, influenza, measles and rotaviruses and the challenge of finding effective vaccines. The unit also reviews the increasingly sophisticated area of diagnostic virology.
  • Frontiers in Infectious Diseases reveals the key steps in pathogen life cycles and how these are dealt with at a molecular level by defence mechanisms in the host.

Plus two units from:

  • Developmental Genetics and Embryonal Cancers outlines how critical molecules, pathways and mechanisms regulate cell growth and development. You will learn how defects and diversions in normal growth control can lead to developmental diseases, and the aberrations that contribute to carcinogenesis specifically.
  • Cancer Mechanisms and Therapeutics demonstrates how cancers develop and, in particular, which key genes and growth signalling pathways become defective and lead to the development of common adult cancers.
  • Advanced Immunology explores the cellular and molecular events that drive immune responses. It illustrates the development and differentiation of immune cells, how the immune system processes and recognises antigens, how immune cells home to the tissues of our body where they are needed and highlights the consequences of their communications.
  • Immunopathology and Applied Immunology provides you with a comprehensive knowledge of diseases which develop as a consequence of inappropriate immune responses, and as a result of deficiencies in the immune system.

Research project

Your 16-week laboratory or literature-based research project will develop the skills you need to carry out a research project in the field as well as the ability to read, analyse and interpret scientific data presented in the literature. Some examples of student projects include:

  • Investigating mechanisms of immune system evasion of leukaemia cells through CD200 signalling (lab-based) 
  • Analysis of the effects of Dengue virus infection on host cell proteins (lab-based).


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