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Immunisation Checking

Immunisation checking is required for the following courses:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice PgCert, PgDip and MSc
  • Cardiovascular Health PgCert, PgDip and MSc
  • Critical Care PgCert, PgDip and MSc
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation PgCert, PgDip and MSc
  • Neurological Rehabilitation PgCert, PgDip and MSc
  • Occupational Therapy PgCert, PgDip and MSc
  • Pelvic Health PgCert, PgDip and MSc
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound PgCert
  • Medicine MBBS
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing BSc
  • Nursing (Adult) BSc
  • Nursing (Child Health) BSc
  • Nursing (Mental Health) BSc
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing PgDip and MSc
  • Occupational Therapy BSc
  • Occupational Therapy (Pre-reg) MSc
  • Physician Associate MSc
  • Physiotherapy BSc
  • Physiotherapy (Pre-reg) Msc
  • Social Work MSc and MA

Important information: All applicants are required to confirm their immunity and vaccination information to the University. All immunisations are mandatory. Students will not go out on placement if they have not completed all the listed immunisations.


Existing students

All students studying one of the above listed courses must be double vaccinated against Covid-19 by 1 April 2022*.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in England has recently announced that all NHS and Social Care staff will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 if they wish to be deployed in roles that involve face to face contact with service users.

Due to the nature of your course of interest, clinical / care placements in the NHS and social care settings form an essential part of a student’s education, placing them within the mandate.

This means that any student going into practice-based components of these courses will need to be double vaccinated by 1 April 2022.

Information regarding students who choose not to be vaccinated

Some students may choose not to be vaccinated for a number of reasons, or who cannot receive the vaccination for health reasons. Brunel University London has a duty to support these students.

If you are eligible for the vaccine, but have chosen not to be vaccinated, please email immunisations@brunel.ac.uk. We can then collaboratively explore any reasons for students not wishing to be vaccinated. If following this discussion, you decide that you still do not wish to be vaccinated against Covid-19, this will impact your application to study at Brunel.

If you have been unable to take the vaccine for health reasons, please email immunisations@brunel.ac.uk to let us know that you believe this to be the case. You will be referred to our occupational health team, which can confirm that you are exempted from vaccination.

If you have been vaccinated against Covid-19, you will be required to provide evidence to confirm this at point of application.


Prospective/incoming students 

All incoming students who are planning to study one of the above listed courses must be double vaccinated against Covid-19 before the start of the course. 

Please see above for further information if you choose not to be vaccinated or are medically exempt.     


Further information

If you have any general queries about the vaccination, please email immunisations@brunel.ac.uk

Guidance for international students can be found on the GOV.UK website. Here you can find the list of approved vaccines.


*Please note Brunel is aware that the mandatory vaccine policy is under Ministerial review and we will add an update here in due course.



Further immunisation requirements 

These requirements only apply to the below courses:

  • BSc and MSc Physiotherapy 
  • BSc and MSc Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Physician Associate 
  • MBBS Medicine 

Hepatitis B

This requires 3 vaccines administered over a period of 6 months. You will also be required to have a surface antibody blood test after you have completed your three Hepatitis B vaccinations.  At least the first vaccination should be completed prior to enrolment in September – please note this is an Occupational Health immunisation which your GP cannot provide on the NHS, and you will have to pay privately or visit a clinic for the vaccine. Three doses are required and the average cost per dose is £30.

Tetanus and Polio

You must have had a current booster within the last 10 years that will be valid up to September next year or have five documented vaccinations giving long term immunity. These documents must have the dates provided. Normally only one dose is required and it is free on the NHS.

Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) (Tuberculosis / TB)

If your GP can verify that you have received this vaccination via your medical records, or they are able to verify a BCG scar on your arm as proof of immunisation, then they will need to provide confirmation of this on letterheaded paper with a signature. If you do not have a scar or vaccine confirmation in your medical records please speak to your GP about how to have a Mantoux test. Please note you will most likely have to pay a fee for this test and you may have to go to a local hospital or medicentre/ travel clinic.  Prices vary by clinic but the average price of a Mantoux test is £75 and the BCG is £55 on average.

If the outcome of the Mantoux test is negative you will need to have the BCG vaccination (this can be arranged via your GP or a travel clinic). You do not have to have a Mantoux test if your GP can verify that you have received the BCG or have a confirmed scar. 

MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)

If your GP can verify by your medical records that you have received two vaccinations or you have immunity due to having had either the Measles or Rubella virus, they will need to provide you with evidence of this.

If immunity for either both or one of these cannot be confirmed by your medical records you must have a blood test to confirm immunity and your GP must provide evidence of this immunity once you have received your results. Some GP's will offer the Measles/Rubella or MMR vaccine free on the NHS, private/travel clinic costs average between £30 - £60 per dose.

Chicken Pox (Varicella Zoster/VZV)

If your medical records verify that you have had the virus and are therefore immune, your GP will need to provide you with evidence of this. However, if immunity cannot be confirmed by your medical records you must have a blood test. If your blood test result is negative you will need to have the varicella zoster vaccine and your GP should then provide you with evidence to confirm immunity. The VZV chicken pox vaccine costs £65-85 per dose and 2 doses are required. 


Additional requirements and important information: 

Additional blood tests for Physician Associate and Medicine students only

The below blood tests are required in addition to the above immunisations if you are studying the Physician Associate or Medicine Programme. 

The additional blood tests are to check immunity for Exposure Prone Procedures.

  • Hep B surface Antigen Test 
  • Hep C Antibody Blood Test
  • HIV Antibody Blood Test

Information for Medicine students

Please note that all immunisations listed are a registration requirement for Medicine.  

Students must make all reasonable attempts to complete this requirement prior to registration.  

Students who have not completed the requirement may be asked to leave the programme if this requirement is not met. Clinical placements are an integral part of the course and cannot be undertaken unless the requirements have been met. 


Home / EU Students - Please note that all costs for your immunisations will be reimbursed to you after you enrol on to your course. Further information about this will be sent to you in Welcome Week. Please ensure that you keep evidence of your payments for your immunisations and blood tests.

Please note the average cost of vaccinations has been provided here. These are subject to change and can vary from clinic to clinic.


If you have any queries, please contact immunisations@brunel.ac.uk

Updated 29 November 2021.