Basic Immunology

Course content

The course will focus on modern immunology, with special emphasis on the current research areas of interest to the biotech industry.
The course will cover the basic principles of the immune system and its regulation and give an updated insight into modern molecular immunology.


MSc Programme in Biotechnology - semi-compulsory
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine - semi-compulsory

Learning outcome

The objective is to provide the student with an updated knowledge about immunology and the immune system.
The course will cover key elements in the development, activation and regulation of the innate and adaptive immunune system.

- Describe the cells and structural building of the immune system.
- Understand how the Innate immune system works, including creation of inflammation and specific ways of patogen recognition and phagocytosis.
- Understand the basic principles that controls adaptive immunity, including development of antigen specific receptors (TCR and BCR), nature and function of MHC molecules, activation and regulation of T and B cells, development of immunological memory.
- Insight in the molecular signal regulation of immunity, including cytokines and intracellular signal mechanisms.
- Understanding of the immunological mechanisms behind allergy and autoimmunity.
- Knowledge about disease treatment based on regulation of the immune defense, including vaccines and novel treatment of autoimmunity and cancer.

Use immunologically founded reasoning on various scientific problems concerning health and related issues.

Have acquired knowledge to discuss immunological literature and an updated knowledge of molecular immunology - both basic and more specialised areas

Lectures, problem solving.

Janeway's Immunobiology, 10th edition.

Competencies corresponding to LKEB10077U Biokemi 1 or LBIB10125U Cellebiologi.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

The primary feedback will be given during the theoretical exercises.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Type of assessment details
4h written exam without books. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the answers.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
More than one internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 20
  • Preparation
  • 150
  • Theory exercises
  • 32
  • Exam
  • 4
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
Study Board for the Biological Area
Contracting department
  • Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Course Coordinator
  • Søren Skov   (4-7672766e4376787167316e7831676e)

Staff and scientists from the Immunology groups at the section of Biomedicine.

Saved on the 22-03-2023

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