immunology and pharmacology undergraduate

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Immunology and Pharmacology

BSc Honours

This Joint Honours Degree Course, combines the study of Immunology with Pharmacology. Immunology, the study of the immune system, has contributed significantly to modern medicine in areas such as blood transfusion, vaccination, organ transplantation, the treatment of allergy, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. It has also made vital contributions to cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacology, and is starting to make major inroads into the food industry, agriculture and veterinary science. Pharmacology is the study of how drugs and medicines affect the functions of the body in health and disease.

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 Pharmacology and Microbiology. You will also undertake a substantial research project in Immunology or Pharmacology 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 pharmacology 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.