MSc Clinical Immunology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Immunodeficiency & Immunotherapy

Unit code MEDN61030
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Medical Education
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will equip students with knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology, clinical presentation and investigation of a range of immunodeficiencies and the principles and practice of immunotherapy. Students will become familiar with methods and strategies to investigate immunodeficiency and gain experience of the interpretation of patient results using a variety of clinical scenarios. 


This unit aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the causes and diagnostic investigations associated with immunodeficiency. The unit will also explore immunotherapy as an emerging tool in the treatment of a variety of clinical disorders.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and clinical case discussions.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the clinical implications of immunodeficiency
  • Understand the role of the humoral and cellular components of the immune system in immunodeficiency
  • Understand the primary and secondary causes of immunodeficiency
  • Describe the design, operation and performance of laboratory tests and assays used to investigate and define immunodeficiency
  • Understand the principles of immunotherapy
  • Understand and monitor the impact of immunotherapeutic treatments
  • Understand appropriate immunotherapeutic strategies/treatment regimes for patients with a range of primary and secondary immunodeficiencies
  • Describe the partnership between the clinical immunology laboratory and other clinical specialisms in the investigation of immunodeficiency and immunotherapy
  • Understand basic scientific principles used in the formulation of a research question and the design of a research project
  • Understand the legal and ethical basis of research and clinical governance plus data protection

Intellectual skills

  • Critically analyse scientific and clinical data
  • Present scientific and clinical data appropriately
  • Formulate a critical argument
  • Evaluate scientific and clinical literature
  • Apply the knowledge of clinical immunology to address specific clinical problems

Practical skills

  • Present information clearly in the form of verbal and written reports
  • Communicate complex ideas and arguments in a clear and concise and effective manner
  • Work effectively as an individual or part of a team
  • Use conventional and electronic resources to collect, select and organise complex scientific information

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Present complex ideas in simple terms in both oral and written formats
  • Consistently operate within sphere of personal competence and level of authority
  • Manage personal workload and objectives to achieve quality of care
  • Actively seek accurate and validated information from all available sources
  • Select and apply appropriate analysis or assessment techniques and tools
  • Evaluate a wide range of data to assist with judgements and decision making
  • Interpret data and convert into knowledge for use in the clinical context of individual and groups of patients

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%
Oral assessment/presentation 20%

Feedback methods

Marks will be provided online within 15 working days of assessment deadline

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Joanne Pennock Unit coordinator

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