BSc Cancer Biology and Immunology (B131)

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UCAS code B131
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 94 overall for Cellular and Molecular Medicine courses
Intercalation This course is available for intercalation

About BSc Cancer Biology and Immunology

In your first year you will gain a broad understanding of the biology of normal and cancerous cells. You will study the immune system and take units in pathology, microbiology and biochemistry.

In the second year you will study the cellular and molecular basis of cancer and its therapy, as well as autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes and arthritis, and human cancers caused by viruses, such as papilloma and hepatitis B. You will take molecular genetics and an optional unit, possibly anatomy, biochemistry or pharmacology, from a selection offered by other schools.

In the final year you will undertake a research project or scientific dissertation, working in a research group in our Biomedical Sciences Building or in one of the surrounding hospitals. Your work may even be published in scientific literature.

More about Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Find out more about studying Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Biology of Normal and Tumour Cells
  • Pathological Responses of Cells
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Microbes and Disease
  • Biochemistry: Cellular Composition
  • Biochemistry: Cellular Processes

Second year

  • Infection and Immunity
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Gene Expression and Rearrangement
  • Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise skills
  • One optional unit: recently, students have chosen anatomy, biochemistry, biology and pharmacology units

Third year

  • Research Skills, including a research project and data handling
  • At least three units from the following list:
    • Developmental Genetics and Embryonal Cancers
    • Cancer Mechanisms and Therapeutics
    • Advanced Immunology
    • Immunopathology and Applied Immunology
  • The fourth unit may be chosen from the following list:
    • Regenerative Medicine
    • Haemopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
    • Medical Virology
    • Frontiers in Infectious Diseases
    • Medical Microbiology.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Cancer Biology and Immunology

Typical offer for BSc Cancer Biology and Immunology - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
AAB including Chemistry and one other science subject or Mathematics. Alternative Offer ABB including Chemistry and one other science or Mathematics plus EPQ grade A in a science topic if third A-level is a non-science subject
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB including Chemistry and at least one other science subject or Mathematics
Science practicals A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in any order in Chemistry and one other science subject or Mathematics at Higher Level.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5, 5 in Chemistry and one other science subject or Mathematics at Higher Level.
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) including two sciences at Level 3, with at least 30 credits at Distinction including 12 credits in Chemistry, and 15 credits at Merit. Health and Social Care or Health Science may also be acceptable; please contact Admissions for guidance on your Access course's content.
BTEC offer DDD in Science including Distinction in Chemistry units plus A-level grade A in Chemistry
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB and AH: AB in Chemistry and another science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall with 8.0 in Chemistry and at least one other science
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade C in English, Mathematics and two sciences. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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