Advanced Immunology, 7.5 credits (8FA221)

Avancerad immunologi, 7.5 hp

Course description

After having completed the course, the student shall have acquired an advanced understandig of immunology. Particular emphasis is placed on molecular and cellular aspects of immunophysiology and pathophysiology. Furthermore, the course will also facilitate the understanding of mechanisms involved in the regulation and the functions of the immune system. The course is given during ten weeks at half time speed.

Main field of study

Medical Biology


Second cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Maria Jenmalm

Course coordinator

Johanna Raffetseder

Director of studies or equivalent

Katarina Kågedal

Available for exchange students

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Half-time, Day-time) Autumn 2019 v201945-202003 English Linköping

Main field of study

Medical Biology

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

At least three years of full-time undergraduate studies (180 credits) in a major subject area with relevance for biomedical sciences. This could include previous studies at faculties of medicine, technology/natural sciences, odontology or veterinary medicine. A major part of courses (90 credits) should be in subjects such as biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, gene technology, microbiology, immunology, histology, anatomy, and pathology. The lowest acceptable grade from undergraduate studies is Pass. Applicants must also have documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide the students with an advanced knowledge of cellular and molecular immunobiology and medical immunology. Particular emphasis is placed on regulation of the immune system and how defects in this regulation can lead to diseases.

By the end of the course the students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
-Identify and summarize the current status of knowledge within areas of cellular and molecular immunology
-Understand normal regulation of immunity and how aberrations in the regulation can lead to immunological diseases
-Understand the principles of immunomodulatory treatment and the role of the immune system in development of tumours

Competence and skills
-Plan and implement a given laboratory experiment on immune responses in vitro and evaluate and interpret the generated data

Judgement and approach
-Summarize, present, and evaluate current research in immunology in order to discuss new hypotheses within the area

Course content

-General immunobiology
-Methods in immunology, in particular multiple bead array and ELISA for measurement of cytokines and chemokines
-Regulation of the immune system and homeostasis
-Immunological diseases: autoimmunity, allergy, inflammation, infections and immunological aspects of cancer

Teaching and working methods

General: Linköping University Master’s Programme in Experimental and Medical Biosciences applies student-centered learning among which Problem Based Learning (PBL) is one pedagogical philosophy and method. To prepare the students for future employment, practical and experimental work in laboratory settings are important parts of the programme in courses as well as in individual projects.
Specific: In this course lectures, tutorial groups, literature in-depth studies, seminars, and laboratory work are used.


Active participation in the compulsory parts is necessary to pass the course, and assessment of them is carried out continuously. Compulsory parts in this course are: Tutorial groups, laboratory work and seminars.

Individual written examination
Written laboratory report; group assignment with individual assessment
Written report and oral presentation of literature study; group assignment with individual assessment

The extent of a re−examination shall be similar to the regular examination.

Students who have failed the course or part of the course twice are entitled to request another examiner for the following examination occasion, unless specific reasons are present.

The procedure for registration should be stated prior to the commencement of each course. In other respects, regulations concerning examination and examiners are applied in accordance with Linköping University policy.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

The planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the course plan. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees will the course plan. The course is carried out in such a way that both men’s and women’s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed. If the course is withdrawn, or is subject to major changes, examinations according to this course plan are normally offered on a total of three occasions within one year, one of them in close connection to the first examination


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BAS1 Tutorial sessions U, G 1.5 credits
EXAM Written examination U, G, VG 2.5 credits
LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 1.5 credits
LIT1 Literature assignment U, G, VG 2 credits

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