Module Overview

Advanced Immunology

This module expands on the student’s knowledge of fundamental immunology by covering innate proteins with roles in pattern recognition. The student will also develop an understanding of the genetic mechanisms responsible for the generation of adaptive immune receptors and the molecules involved in lymphocyte activation. The use of immune proteins in laboratory settings will be discussed in detail.

Module Code

BIOL 3018

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Lecture programme:

The roles of Toll-like receptors and the complement system in the activation of immune responses.

The pathways responsible for the processing of exogenous and endogenous antigen.

Advanced structure and function of the T cell receptor

Molecular events that result in lymphocyte activation

Molecular events that result in the generation of a diverse adaptive immune repertoire.

The uses of antibodies in laboratory assays.

Laboratory programme:

Advanced analysis of histological sections of primary and secondary lymphoid organs

Isolation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, cell count and flow cytometric analysis

CH50 assay



Adhesion molecules

Case studies

Methods used to achieve the module learning outcomes will include lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals, interpretation of data, case studies, problem-solving exercises, video presentations, self-directed learning and computer-based learning.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40