Immunology and Microbiology
This Joint Honours Degree Course, combines the study of Immunology with Microbiology. The development of both Immunology and Microbiology has been linked, since the earliest days, with the development of vaccines for smallpox and anthrax by Jenner and Pasteur respectively. More recently, the application of modern techniques of biology to the immune system has led to a dramatic increase in our understanding of the immune system and its impact on body function, as well as in the control of microbial and other types of disease. The interface between Immunology and Microbiology is a very active area for both fundamental research and for the development of new biotechnological products to diagnose or prevent disease. Modern techniques based on monoclonal antibodies are revolutionising the identification of micro-organisms in the clinical laboratory, as well as in the food industry and agriculture.
Years 1 and 2 of all the Joint Honours Degrees follow a common core structure which includes Bioscience, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biophysics, Basic and Clinical Immunology, Organic Chemistry, Physiological Basis of Drug Action. In Years 3 and 4 you will take specialist classes in Immunology and Microbiology. You will also undertake a substantial research project in Immunology or Microbiology in Year 4 and present a dissertation of the work.
Teaching and Assessment
You will have around 240 hours of lectures, tutorials and labs per year in Years 1-3. In the Honours (fourth) Year, you will carry out a research project in one of your specialisations and write this up as a short thesis. Assessment methods include multiple-choice tests, computer quizzes, problem solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams.
Transfer to MSci
Transfer to the 5th year of MSci microbiology or MSci immunology may be possible at the end of the 4th year if a student achieves an average mark of 60% or greater in the 4th year.