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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course provides information on the basic immune system, how it functions in health and disease, and how we can enhance its activity using novel therapies for autoimmune disease, infection, allergy and most notably cancer. All aspects of both the innate and the adaptive immune system are covered to provide a very good background understanding of the immune system and how it can be used to maintain health.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Frank Ward

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology (Studied) or Master Of Research In Medical Mycology For Clinicians or MSc Immunology (Studied) or MSc Genetics (Studied) or MSc Microbiology (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • IM5001 Immunology: Back to Basics (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description


To provide all students with the knowledge required for more advanced teaching

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course students should be familiar with the following:

· Basic anatomy and cells of the immune system

· Cellular functions of myeloid and lymphoid cell types

· Links between innate and adaptive immunity

· Immune effector mechanisms and their potential as therapeutics

· How immune regulation maintains homeostasis

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Multiple Choice Exam (50%), presentation (25%) and a flow cytometry exercise (25%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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