Module Overview

Immunology and Diagnostics

The module aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the cellular and molecular physiology of the immune system. Furthermore the module will aim to develop an appreciation of current diagnostic techniques and their therapeutic applications. Students' ability for critical evaluation will be encouraged through analysis of source material and selected case studies supported by tutorial material.

Module Code

TFBT 4003

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

The immune system
Immune response; specific and non-specific
Antibody structure and diversity
Immunotechnology: assays, electrophoresis, Monoclonal antibodies, vaccines
T-cell and B-cell receptors
Major Histocompatibility Complex, Toll-like receptors and self- / non-self determination
Novel developments in diagnostic assays and approaches to therapeutics
Case studies of biopharma products,
Biological basis of action of selected biopharmaceutical products used to treat, for example, cancer and arthritis.
Emerging trends in immunology & diagnostics as it relates to the biopharmaceutical industry.

Material is presented in both lecture and tutorial format. The emphasis in the final year is on self-directed learning, therefore students will be expected to research selected topics from the subject matter list using the information resources available to them.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination70
Other Assessment(s)30