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Infection Biology - Clinical Perspectives, 5 credits (8FO0046)

Infektionsbiologi - kliniska perspektiv, 5 högskolepoäng

Entries/Anmälan Infection Biology

Time: Week 17-22 2024 (half-time).


Learning outcomes

(basis for the examination)

By the end of the course the PhD student will be able to:

Knowlege and understanding

  • Describe and explain the mode of action of different microorganisms pathogenic to humans.
  • Identify the interactions between the human host and the infectious agent, from molecular to clinical level and apply this knowledge to describe clinical manifestations.

Competence and skills

  • Apply the principles and mode of actions of virulence factors on the defense of the human body to comprehend, analyze and critically discuss scientific papers in the field of the course topic.


The course includes four themes: Biomaterial related infections; Infectious diseases and global medicine; Chronic infections; Infections related to mother/child. Based on studies within these themes the PhD students will obtain current knowledge within the fields of infectious medicine, medical microbiology, virology, clinical immunology, global medicine and obstetrics.


Optional: Lectures, laboratory work

Compulsory: Tutorial groups, seminars, demonstration


Educational Methods

Lectures, seminars, tutorial groups, demenstrations and laboratory work.

The course will in part be given in parallel with the Master student course with the same name, with shared lectures. If there are at least six participating PhD students, they will have separate tutorial groups. The assignments and seminars will be examined at the research level.

The educational method used in problem-based learning (PBL). PBL emphasises the student's development of free, self-supporting, lifelong learning ability as an instrument for critical inquiry. The PhD student's own queries and formulated problems form the basis of PBL. Important is also the PhD student's ability to take responsibility for his/her own learning and to seek av evaluate 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. Oral and written presentation of a topic related to infection biology of the PhD student's own choice. The written part will be in the form of research proposal.
  2. Participation in the compulsory parts of the course.

PhD students who have failed the course or part of the course twice are entitled to request another examiner for the following examination occasion.

Admission Requirements

General requirements

Admittance to education at research level (PhD-studies). The PhD student must have basic knowledge in microbiology, cell biology and immunology.

PhD students are admitted according to the following priority order:

  1. PhD students registered at the Faculty of Health Sciences or PhD students strongly connected to the Faculty of Health Sciences registered at other faculties within Linköping University.
  2. PhD students registered at other faculties within Linköping University.
  3. PhD students registered at other universities.

Participation in the course of other students than above is possible if there are fewer applicants from the above groups than students to be admitted.


Pass or Fail.

Course evaluation

Planning and implementation of the course will 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 agress with the course plan. Written evaluation will be arranged at a scheduled time at the end of the course.


At the student's request, 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 at least three accasions within one year, one of them in close connection with the first examination.

The course is given in English.


Course coordinator and examiner: Elena Vikström  

Administrator: Ulla Svensson Bater

Sidansvarig: siw.carlfjord@liu.se
Senast uppdaterad: 2023-06-15