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BIOL5146M Advanced Immunology

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Martin Stacey

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc in Biological Sciences or equivalent.

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective


To gain an up-to-date knowledge of molecular immunology and cellular interactions in the immune system.

To apply this knowledge to current understanding of microbial immunity and to current and future strategies for immunisation and immunotherapy.

Learning outcomes
Students should become familiar with current research in a range of topical areas within the fields of molecular and cellular immunity, and infectious and autoimmune disease immunology.


This module provides state of the art research-led teaching focusing on four topics fundamental to the essential principles of the immune system, knowledge of which has advanced considerably in recent years. These include Innate Immunity and Adaptive Immunity, which are central to understanding the host's interaction with an environment containing a wide range of potentially pathogenic microorganisms. This is complimented by examination of two examples of immune deviation, in the case of Allergy leading to immunopathology, and in the case of Immune Evasion leading to sophisticated strategies adopted by pathogens to survive in the face of the immune system.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students should note that the following information is for guidance only. The actual time required for the various elements will vary between students.

Reading lists will be provided in association with each lecture as a starting point for self-directed learning around the material for each topic. An average of 2 hours additional reading/revision is allocated to each lecture.

Lecture material for tutorials: 36 hours;
Preparation of tutorial: 3 hours;
Preparation of 2 x 1,500 word reviews: 30 hours;
Preparation of presentation of critical review of manuscript: 6 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Module co-taught with undergraduates. An additional 6 tutorials covering the lecture material will be delivered instead of normal lectures.
- Attendance and participation in tutorials and oral presentation sessions, together with the quality of written work.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
CritiqueOral presentation of scientific paper50.00
Tutorial PerformanceTutorial questions50.00
EssayFormative essay0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:19:36


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