Advanced Immunology - BIOS6220

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Elisabeth Curling checkmark-circle


The aim of this Advanced Immunology module is to review topical aspects of advanced immunology with emphasis on the regulation of the immune response, and the role of dysfunctional immune systems in the aetiology of a variety of disease states. Indicative topics include antigen processing and presentation, transplant rejection, autoimmunity, hypersensitivity, cell migration homing and extravasation, cytokines, tumour immunology, mucosal immunology and autophagy.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 24
Total Private Study Hours: 126
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

• Essay (2,000 words) – 35%
• Examination (2 hours) – 65%
Academic year 2022/23 examined: In-Person Exam (Standard Exam)

Indicative reading

• Murphy, K. and Weaver, C. (2017). Janeway's Immunobiology (Nineth Edition). New York: Garland Science.
• Owen J, Punt J and Stranford, S. (2019). Kuby Immunology (Eighth Edition). New York: Macmillan Publishing.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend the importance of regulation of immune function, with reference to disease states which result when regulation is defective.
2. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate current theories of immunological function and processes.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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