Immunology (Immun)

Course content

The course will introduce mammalian immune systems. This will include insight into how complex organisms defend themselves against pathogenic microbes, parasites and viruses. 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 function and how these two immune systems are linked and regulated. Cells of the immune system, central molecules and pathways. The course will also cover topics of autoimmunity, allergy, immune defects and tumor immunology relating to human health and disease. The course will also give a brief introduction to immune systems in non-mammalian organisms and application of immunology in drug development and in the biopharmaceutical industry.


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

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 teach 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. It is recommended that the student have passed all first year courses and half of the second year courses (corresponding to a total of 90 ECTS-points) of their curriculum.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Individual feedback is given during class in response to questions and individual presentations of primary literature. Individual feedback on practical skills is given during laboratory exercises. Group feedback on progress on the acquired knowledge, skills and competences is given through evaluation in a multiple choice tests.

Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Type of assessment details
The course has been selected for ITX exam
See important information about ITX-exams at Study Information, menu point: Exams -> Exam types and rules -> Written on-site exams (ITX)
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Two internal examiners.

The same as the ordinary exam.

If ten og fewer students have signed up for re-exam, the type of assessment will be changed to oral exam 20 minutes with 20 minutes preparation time and no aids.

Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

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


Course number
Programme level

1 block

Block 2
Outside timetable structure
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board for the Biological Area
Contracting department
  • Department of Biology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinators
  • Michael Lisby   (6-706f6c76657c43656c72316e7831676e)
  • Morten Petersen   (6-766b78776e7243656c72316e7831676e)
Saved on the 11-05-2023

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