Immunology (Immun)

Course content

The course will include:

  • Cells and mechanisms involved in innate and adaptive immunity
  • What is the specific immune system and how is it generated,
  • The activation and effector mechanisms of T and B cells,
  • Regulation of the immune system in health and disease,
  • Autoimmunity, allergy, immune defects and tumor immunology
  • Application of immunology in drug development and in the biopharmaceutical industry,
  • Introduction to immune systems in non-mammalian organisms.

BSc Programme in Biology
BSc Programme in Biochemistry
BSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine

MSc Programme in Biology

Learning outcome


The present course will focus on understanding the key elements in the development, activation and regulation of mammalian and non-mammalian immune systems.


The students will get a solid understanding of mammalian immunology and innate immunity in a spectra of species. This will include Insight into how complex organisms defend themselves against intruders; the evolution of immunity and the never ending arms race between potential hosts and microbes; how adaptive immunity develops and functions; how innate immune systems functions; and how these immune systems are linked and regulated; Autoimmunity, allergy, immune defects and tumor immunology.


Through lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises and presentation of original literature, the students will be highly qualified to join research groups that works with all aspects of immunity. Invited speakers from the biopharmaceutical industry will learn students about application possibilities and drug development.

Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, reading and presentation of original literature.

See Absalon.

Open to Science-, Life- and Pharma-students of Biochemistry, Biology, Nanotechnology and Molecular Biomedicine or equivalent, who have passed all first year courses and half of the second year courses (corresponding to a total of 90 ECTS-points) of their curriculum.

Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

The student should be able to present an exhaustive knowledge about the different subjects in the course. See Learning Outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 4
  • Preparation
  • 226
  • Lectures
  • 32
  • Colloquia
  • 30
  • Practical exercises
  • 30
  • Project work
  • 40
  • Theory exercises
  • 50
  • English
  • 412