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Course Overview

  • this course will give you a broad understanding of the immune system, the way it works and its role in health and disease;
  • you will cover the core concepts which are essential for advanced study in Immunology;
  • practical classes will extend your knowledge and abilities in both generic laboratory techniques and those more specifically related to Immunology;
  • you will gain wider transferrable skills including team-working, improved ability to present and interpret data and write reports, and improved numerical skills all of which are key requirements for employers

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Isabel Crane
  • Dr Heather Wilson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • One of BI25M5 Microbes, Infection & Immunity (Passed) or MB3005 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Studied) or MB3006 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course covers all aspects of innate and adaptive immunity: evolution of the immune system; differentiation of cells of the immune system and their functions and interactions; antibody structure and generation of diversity; complement and the innate immune response; cytokines and signalling events in cells of the immune system. Practical classes reinforce this knowledge as well as teaching immunological and generic laboratory techniques and a range of transferable skills.

Further Information & Notes


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Genetics
  • BSc Genetics (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology)
  • BSc Immunology
  • BSc Immunology & Pharmacology (Biobus)
  • BSc Immunology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Immunology and Pharmacology
  • BSc Microbiology
  • Bachelor Of Science In Microbiology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Immunology And Pharmacology (Biobusiness)
  • MSci Genetics (Biobusines) with Ind'l Pl'mnt
  • MSci Genetics (Immunology) with Ind'l Pl'mnt
  • MSci Genetics with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Immunology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Microbiology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci in Immunology and Pharmacology with Indust'l Placement
  • Master In Science In Immunology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Master In Science In Microbiology(Biobus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

175 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 4 reports/exercises in different formats based on the practical classes.

Resit: 1 three hour written examination (60%) and previous continuous assessment (40%).

Formative Assessment

- Quiz based tutorial allows students to test their knowledge. - On-line MCQ quiz for students to test their knowledge.


- Practical reports will be marked with written comments. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Quiz tutorial will have immediate oral feedback and opportunity for discussion with lecturers. - Students receive on-line feedback on completion of the MCQ tests.

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