The University of Edinburgh
Biological Sciences (Immunology) BSc (Hons)
The University of Edinburgh

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Immunology is a rapidly evolving subject at the forefront of advances in science and medicine. It looks at the ways in which animals react to infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, as well as to tumours and organ transplantation.

Applications of immunology

Immunology is fundamental to the treatment of important disorders including:

  • allergies

  • autoimmune diseases

  • immune deficiencies

It is also central to the understanding of resistance and susceptibility to infectious diseases, transplantation science, and to vaccine development.

Understanding immunology is important for working in a range of medical and infectious diseases contexts, and for development of suitable therapies and novel biotechnological advances.

On this programme, you will study cell growth and differentiation and how immune responses function.


Biological Sciences explores the study of living organisms, covering everything from the interactions of animals in their environment to how genes are expressed.

We offer 12 different biological sciences subject areas, including immunology. Regardless of your initial application choice, you will have the opportunity to explore aspects of each of our programmes in the early years and choose to specialise in whichever one interests you.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 90 graduates of Biological Sciences (Immunology) BSc (Hons) and other courses in at The University of Edinburgh for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
78 /100
90 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in biosciences (non-specific)

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23500 £23500 £29500
25-75 percentile range £21000 - £27000 £18000 - £28000 £22500 - £40000

Salary of all UK Graduates of biosciences (non-specific)

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £30929 £35939
25-75 percentile range £20952 - £29144 £23857 - £42071 £28098 - £51622

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Biological Sciences (Immunology), BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Biological Sciences (Immunology) BSc (Hons) at The University of Edinburgh

15% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Finance Professionals
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
10% Artistic, literary and media occupations
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Elementary occupations
5% Administrative occupations
5% Caring personal services
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Natural and social science professionals

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Achievement by end of S5 preferred. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. Required subjects: Highers: Biology and Chemistry, both at B or above. If you don't have either Biology or Chemistry at A, you must have A in either Mathematics or Physics. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry are recommended. National 5s: English at C and Mathematics or Physics at B.

37 points with 666 at HL - 32 points with 555 at HL. Required subjects: HL: Biology and Chemistry at 5. SL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) or Physics at 6 and English at 5.

Direct entry to second year is available. Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT) 92 92 or above with 20 in each section (including Special Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English Advanced 176 overall with 162 in each component.
Cambridge English Proficiency 176 overall with 162 in each component.
Trinity ISE ISE II with a distinction in all four components.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Biological Sciences (Immunology), BSc (Hons).


Tuition Fees Biological Sciences (Immunology) BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £1820 year 1
EU £30400 year 1
International £30400 year 1

Additional fee information

Scotland In 2021-22 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2022-23 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2022. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland SAAS for payment of their tuition fees.

England/Wales/N Ireland The Rest of UK RUK rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2021 entry. For 2022 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits.

EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union EU students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees.

Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme -

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of The University of Edinburgh in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The University of Edinburgh in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #4 
    • #14 
    Biological Sciences
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #22 
    Biological Sciences
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #36 
    Biological Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #1 
    • #44 
    Biological Sciences
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #1 
    • #35 
    Biology & Biochemistry
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]

See all 53 university rankings of The University of Edinburgh

About The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is located in the Scottish city of the same name, and is one of the oldest universities in the entire United Kingdom, having opened in the year 1583. The university enjoys a strong reputation for its contributions to international research efforts, which is reflected in their inclusion in the Russell Group, Universitas 21, and Una Europa. Edinburgh offers its residents a historic yet modern city, with a lively nightlife scene, reliable public transport, and friendly locals.

Where is this programme taught

Central and Kings Buildings
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