MSc Clinical Immunology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Introduction to Immunology

Unit code MEDN67111
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Medical Education
Available as a free choice unit? No


This module will provide students with an introduction to the area of immunology, providing
a basic scientific knowledge and understanding of Immunology as a healthcare science
discipline. Students will gain an appreciation of the role of clinical immunology and other
blood science disciplines, in the investigation and management of disease, and will be
equipped with the knowledge of principles of associated analytical techniques.


This module will provide the students with an introduction to the immune system and immune responses.  They will understand the organisation and delivery of a clinical immunology laboratory service.

Teaching and learning methods

This unit employs a range of teaching and learning approaches including: lecturers, tutorials, case studies/presentations, problem-based learning and data analysis and interpretation exercises.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Explain the function of the immune system in health and the function of the major cells of the immune system


  • Explain the function of the major humoral components of the immune response


  • Explain the innate immune system and the adaptive immune response


  • Discuss the co dependence of the innate and adaptive immune systems


  • Explain and discuss the principles and practice involved in routine service laboratory management including quality control/assurance, quality management


  • Explain the basic underlying scientific principles, operation, performance and validation of the tests and assays used within clinical immunology

Intellectual skills

  • Evaluate scientific and clinical literature


  • Begin to apply the knowledge of clinical immunology to address specific clinical problems

Practical skills

  • Retrieve, manage and collate information from primary and secondary sources


  • 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

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Effectively utilise a range of information sources including information technology / health informatics


  • Demonstrate capacity for self-learning and independent thinking and to utilise problem solving skills


  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (verbal and written)


  • Be able to set priorities and link these with effective time management


  • Critically evaluate their personal performance both as an individual and within a team

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Feedback methods

Marks will be provided online within 3/4 weeks of assessment deadline

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Joanne Pennock Unit coordinator

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