University of Exeter

Understanding of the molecular basis of infection and the interaction between microorganisms and their hosts is critical if we are to conquer the threat they pose to public health and food security. In this programme you will explore the diverse repertoire of cellular strategies that microbes use to defend themselves against host immune systems and gain better insight into the therapeutic agents we currently employ to control infections. In parallel, you will explore how the immune system defends the host against pathogen invasion and consider the fundamental cellular processes that contribute to the expression of disease. To give a broad overview, the topics will be explored in the context of both bacterial and fungal pathogens. The programme provides access to our specialist modules delivered to students in the final year of our three year undergraduate programme, and module availability closely reflects the research strengths of Bioscience academics. Many modules are seminar-based, and these provide valuable new perspectives to topics you may already have completed as part of your main programme of study, allowing you to explore complementary areas in greater detail. The overall programme offers an innovative-approach to learning that includes supportive small-group learning and tutorials as well as the chance to engage with research at a practical level in our laboratories.

Entry requirements

Intercalated programmes are only available to selected students following a medical degree at the University of Exeter Medical School or another medical, veterinary or dental degree granting institution and who are taking an intercalating year during their programme of study (see University Regulations Governing Honours Degrees, Regulation 1.2, Section 5).

Admission to the programme is by agreement between the University of Exeter Medical School or other institution, the Head of the relevant academic department and the University of Exeter.

  • All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis but normally students should be achieving at least a 2:1 and be ranked in the top 50% of their academic cohort.
  • The final decision on admissions rests with the course convenor.
  • Students may be interviewed in the course of the application process.
  • All offers made will be conditional on the student passing the academic year in which they apply.

Closing date

5pm, 1st March.