Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. Relevant experience may be taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

The need to develop new strategies to combat both infectious and non-infectious diseases remains a major global challenge. This degree aims to enhance the employability of students wishing to work in these areas by providing training in the mechanisms underpinning a spectrum of infectious and non-infectious diseases, together with current and new diagnostic and treatment strategies. You will learn about the latest molecular, genetic and cellular approaches currently being used to understand, diagnose and treat human disease.

The course covers:

  • Mechanisms underpinning human diseases of global significance, including viral, bacterial and parasitic infections, cancer, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease and chromosomal abnormalities
  • The role of the immune system in the response to infection and disease, covering topics such as innate and adaptive, immunity, allergy and immune evasion
  • Techniques used to diagnose disease including traditional methods such as PCR and ELISA and novel methods involving genome and proteome analysis
  • Approaches used to treat infections and cancer including drug and vaccine design, gene therapy and novel RNA-based therapy

This programme is suitable for students wishing to progress to a higher research degree (PhD) and for those who wish to enter employment in a higher capacity in industry or in the public sector.

For more information on studying infection, immunity and human disease at Leeds, please visit the website

Information for international students

The Faculty has many years experience welcoming international students. Students must have IELTS 6.5 overall with not less than 6 in any component or an Internet-based TOEFL score of 92, with no less than 21 in listening and reading, 22 in writing, and 23 in speaking.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

More information on fees, funding and finance can be found on our website

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biological Sciences Graduate School
+44 (0)113 343 1418
+44 (0)113 343 4107