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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in our immunity will lead to vast treatment improvements for a range of diseases, especially in the areas of autoimmunity, cancer, transplantation and infection;
  • a deeper understanding of our immune system has already been exploited in so many ways – immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune disease, in kits that aid early diagnosis of disease, as prognostic markers of disease activity, in the development of novel vaccination strategies;
  • this course which focuses on recent advances in molecular Immunology will start you on the path to further, higher studies of the immune system

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Frank Ward

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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Course Description

Course Aims: The aim of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of how the immune system acts to protect us at a molecular level, and how in the future we could manipulate it to generate novel immunotherapies. Main Learning Outcomes include understanding the molecular mechanisms that allow the immune system to respond to the many challenges it faces. These include drawing out functional insights from recent studies that identify novel signalling pathways and molecular interactions affecting disease susceptibility and resistance. It also covers recent progress on how early interactions with infection can shape and tailor immune responses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written paper (70%) and in-course assessment (30%) consisting of a written essay style assignment.

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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