King’s College London

Infectious diseases are responsible for one-third of deaths worldwide. Intensive research has led to the development of antiviral drugs that treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus as well as vaccines that prevent many infections. However, pathogens such as Ebola virus and Zika virus are constantly emerging. While the immune system protects the host from pathogens, when it is dysregulated, numerous diseases can develop. Recent advances in molecular and cellular immunology have led to exciting new cancer and autoimmune disease treatments. This course explores how viruses and other pathogens replicate and how the human immune system is regulated.

For more information, including details on how to apply, see our Intercalated BSc pages.


This degree is a one-year study course that comprises modules totalling 120 credits. The courses will explore how viruses and other pathogens replicate and cause disease, how the immune response is controlled, and how this knowledge can be used to develop novel therapies. It also equips students with the skills to understand and evaluate biomedical research.

A core component is that all students complete a supervised research project in cutting-edge infectious disease or immunology labs.

Overall, this programme provides students with knowledge and understanding of key molecular, cellular and tissue disease processes in the context of clinically relevant infectious and immunological diseases.

Entry requirements

External students must have first time passes for years 1 and 2 and all SSCs.

Closing date

King’s students:  27th January 2020
Non-King’s students: 2nd March 2020