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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • this course will extend your broader knowledge of the immune system and how it functions in health and disease giving you a sound basis for further work in this field or related areas;
  • it will introduce current topics at the leading edge of immunology research which further our understanding of the immune system;
  • it will extend your knowledge of  gene expression and protein structure which underpin immunology;
  • it will develop your ability to read and critically assess current scientific literature;
  • it will improve understanding of current research techniques applicable in Immunology and other medical and basic sciences

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Isabel Crane
  • Dr Heather Wilson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The content is modularised with the first module building on immunology knowledge acquired at 3rd year and providing students with a broad understanding of all elements of the immune system, how they function to maintain health and how immune dysfunction can cause disease. Topics covered will include the factors that determine the effectiveness of immune responses to micro-organisms and tumours as well as an understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which the immune system can cause disease including allergy, autoimmunity and transplant rejection and potential methods for controlling such responses. The second module explores current knowledge of protein structure and function as proteins are central to all immunological processes, and understanding them is essential. It will cover the relationships between primary sequence and final structure, consequences for function, including interactions, as well as insights into mutations that cause disease and into the evolution of biological systems. The third module will provide insights into the processes and mechanisms that control gene expression in the context of differentiation, development and the adaptation to changes in the environment, using examples from bacteria, yeast and animal systems. Specific examples will include transcriptional control networks, post-transcriptional control by alternative splicing and control of mRNA stability. The fourth module will utilise a series of tutorials and workshops to explore current important hypotheses and advances in immunological theory and practice.

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

  • 7 Lectures during University week7
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 8, 10 - 12, 14 - 15
  • 5 Lectures during University week13
  • 1 Lecture during University week16
  • 1 Tutorial during University week8
  • 3 Tutorials during University week14
  • 2 Tutorials during University week15
  • 1 Workshop during University week16
  • 3 Workshops during University week17

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

1st Attempt: 1 x three-hour written paper (70%) plus in course assessment (30%) consisting of a written essay style assessment.


Formative Assessment

Practice exam questions for Honours courses will be available via MyAberdeen. Whole-year exam information sessions will be delivered during the year. Problem-solving and data analysis sessions will be delivered during the year


In-course assessments will provide written comments and feedback. Opportunity for whole-class feedback will be provided during exam information and problem-solving sessions. 

Course Learning Outcomes


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