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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

  • understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in shaping 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 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

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

  • Either Intercalating (Studied) or IM3501 Fundamentals of Immunology (Passed)
  • 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

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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Biochemistry (Immunology)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology)
  • BSc Immunology
  • BSc Immunology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Immunology (Intercalating)
  • MSci Biochemistry (Immun) with Indust Plmnt
  • MSci Genetics (Immunology) with Ind'l Pl'mnt
  • MSci Immunology with Industrial Placement
  • Master In Science In Immunology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

23 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written paper (70%) and in-course assessment consisting of one 2000 word essay (30%). Resit: 1 three-hour written paper (75%) and previous continuous assessment (25%).

Formative Assessment

- Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen with feedback from tutor. - Problem-solving sessions with tutor.


- Essays will be marked with written comments. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Comments will be provided on the mock exam questions. - Problem solving questions will be discussed during feedback sessions.

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