University of Bristol

It is difficult to overestimate the global impact of viruses on public health. Worldwide, they are responsible for millions of deaths and episodes of ill health each year. Effective vaccines exist to combat some viral infections, but in many cases good vaccines remain elusive.

This course introduces the many challenges that we face in this field, offering you key insights into principles and research methods that will be invaluable for your future medical, dentistry or veterinary training.

The course comprises four lecture units and a research skills unit which includes a substantial research project. All students take the following three compulsory lecture units:

  • Medical Virology reviews the general virology of the most important viral pathogens in terms of world health, including HIV, hepatitis, herpes, influenza and measles.
  • Frontiers in Infectious Disease reveals the key steps in pathogen life cycles and how these are dealt with at a molecular level by defence mechanisms in the host.
  • 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.

You will also choose a fourth unit from a range of options.

The research skills unit includes training in data handling and a substantial laboratory or literature-based project.

Entry requirements

You can study a BSc after two or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

The closing date for applications will be advised on the University of Bristol Intercalated degrees website.