Immunity and the Immune System
The aim of this introductory 10 credit module is to define the basic mechanisms and concepts underpinning the science of immunology and allergy.
This is a 20 credit module which demonstrates how various research strategies are used to study immunology. You will learn how to employ the skills of criticising and reporting scientific work. You will also be trained to carry out critical evaluation of published scientific papers and report and interpret the results.
Molecular Aspects of Allergy
This is a 20 credit module taught in semester one. The aim is for students to be able to describe the human IgE network, the mechanisms of allergic tissue damage, and to establish strategies for immunological intervention.
Mechanisms of Autoimmunity
The aim of this 20 credit module is to demonstrate how the application of modern molecular techniques is leading to the understanding of autoimmunity and the development of intervention strategies.
Innate Immune Recognition
This is a 20 credit module held in semester two. This module focuses on the basic mechanisms and concepts underpinning immune activation within the context of infection with extracellular and intracellular pathogens, tumour recognition, immunoevasion and immunopathology and how this understanding could be used for developing new vaccination/ therapeutic strategies.
This module is worth 20 credits which describes how to analyse current and potential therapeutic strategies, and to assess the use of engineered antibodies and peptide vaccines for treating immunological diseases.
Taught together with students from the MSc in Molecular Diagnostics, this 10-credit module provides an introduction to bioinformatics. This module will enable you to obtain practical experience in using bioinformatics software available for the analysis of genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data.
The module is taught using a combination of lectures and practical sessions. You are required to produce a poster for assessment which includes information gathered from online databases about a particular gene or disease. Topics for poster presentations in previous years have included Complement C3, CD45, NOD2 and bare lymphocyte syndrome.
This module will enable you to experience contemporary research methods by designing a research programme and performing experiments, surveys, or other research activities aimed at solving a specific biomedical problem. The research project is worth a total of 60 credits. The project will allow you to establish the technical skills required for immunology research and for designing experiments. You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to write scientific texts. The focus of research in immunology is in the area of immunnomodulation, for example, studies of a variety of means of therapeutic manipulation of the immune response. This is aimed particularly in the area of cancer, allergy, and infection and autoimmunity.
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
The modules studied during the autumn semester are assessed at the beginning of the spring semester and those studied in spring are assessed at the beginning of the summer semester.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.