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Advanced Immunology, 5 credits (8FO0045)

Entries/Anmälan Advanced Immunology

Course registration is open until September 30

Time:Week 44 2022 - week 3, 2023

Number of students: Maximum 16

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically discuss problems in current research within the field of cellular and molecular immunology.
  • Critically discuss regulation of the immune system in relation to the molecular mechanisms for immunopathogenesis.
  • Apply knowledge and integrate results from current research in immunology in order to discuss new hypotheses in immunobiology.
  • Analyse and critically evaluate current research on given topics.
  • Present in writing and orally how a selected immunological concept can be applied in her/his own research project, including critical evaluation on the possibility for the conept to be successfully applied and performed. The concept should be novel for the student.


  • General immunobiology
  • Immunogenetics
  • Immunopathology
  • Regulation of the immune system
  • Immunological diseases: allergy, autoimmunity, inflammation, infections and immunological aspects of cancer
  • Immunotherapy
  • Writing, presenting and critically reviewing reports of how novel immunological concepts can be applied in research projects.


Lectures, tutorial groups, seminars, individual literature studies and presentations of how a selected immunlogical concept can be applied in the student¿s own research project.

The course will in part be given in parallel with the Master student course Advanced Immunology, with shared lectures. The PhD students will have separate tutorial groups, report assignments and seminars at the research level. If a PhD student has previously taken the Advanced Immunology course at the Master level, ha/she can get PhD student course credits for this course by presenting how a selected immunological concept can be applied in the student¿s own research project (examination items 2-4 below).

The educational method used is problem-based learning (PBL). PBL emphasises the student's development of free, self-supporting, lifelong learning ability as an instrument for critical inquiry. The students own queries and formulated problems form the basis of PBL. Important is also the student's ability to take responsibility for his/her own learning, and to seek and evaluatae information and knowledge and to train co-operation and a flexible attitude to different views and ideas.

The course is given in such a way that both men's and women's experiences and knowledge are made visible and developed.


1. Active participation in tutorial groups.

2. Written report of how a selected immunological concept can be applied in the student’s own research project
3. Oral presentation of the report at seminars, and critical review of the reports and presentations of other students (opposition).
4. The ability of the student to answer theoretical questions (within the scope of the learning outcomes) posed by the examiner at the seminars.

Admission Requirements

General requirements
Admitted to education at research level (PhD-studies).

Special requirements
Prior to the course the students should be familiar with the immunology described in text books such as "Cellular and Molecular Immunology by Abbas&Lichtman and "Janeway's Immunobiology" by Marphy et al. The students should be well acquainted with basic immunological concepts like antigen-presentation and recognition, immune cells (neutrophils, macrophages, dendritic cells, mast cells, eosinophils, NK cells, B cells and subsets of T cells etc) and their functions in the innate and adaptive immune system, immunological memory, effector molecules of the immune systems (e.g. antibodies, cytokines and chemokines) etc.

PhD students are admitted according to the following priority order:
1. PhD students registred at the Faculty of Health Sciences or PhD students strongly connected to the Faculty of Health Sciences registred at other faculties within Linköping University
2. PhD students registred at other faculties within Linköping University
3. PhD students registred at other universities

Participation in the course of other students than above is only possible if there are fewer applicants from the above groups than students to be admitted. Maximally 16 student can attend the course, of whom 8 can participate fully in the ongoing course).


Pass or Fail.

Course evalutation

Planning and implementation of the course shall be carried out on the basis of the wording in this course plan. The evaluation of the course should therefore consider the question how well the course agrees with the course plan. Written evaluation will be arranged at a scheduled time at the end of the course.


A course certificate may be issued by the course organiser.

Course literature

The course organiser will provide a list of relevant literature before the start of the course.

Additional information

If the course is withdrawn, or is subject to major changes, examinations according to this course plan are normally offered on a total of at least three occasions within one year, one of them in close connection with the first examination.
The course is normally given in English.

Course administration

Course coordinator and examiner: Maria Jenmalm, Professor at Division of Infection and Inflammation, Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences

Course co-coordinator: Johanna Raffetseder, PhD, Division of Infection and Inflammation, Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences


Sidansvarig: siw.carlfjord@liu.se
Senast uppdaterad: 2021-12-01