Postgraduate taught 

Precision Medicine (with specialisms) MSc

Principles of Immunology BIOL5356

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Infection and Immunity
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide students with a holistic understanding of the biological processes of the body's immune system (Immunology) and provide a fundamental comprehension of the application of these processes in precision medicine.


This course is made up of lectures and tutorials which take place in semester 1.

Excluded Courses





Essay (3,000 words) - 75% (ILOs I and 2)

Annotated Bibliographies - 25% (ILO 3)

Course Aims

Specifically, the course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the fundamental cells, anatomy and molecules of the immune system.

■ Provide students with the opportunity to study basic immunological processes and interactions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically appraise the fundamental cells, processes, and anatomy of the innate and adaptive immune systems.

■ Demonstrate a detailed and critical knowledge of signalling, antigen presentation and the role of cytokines in the immune system.

■ Critically appraise the literature relating to biological, molecular and cellular process in Immunology.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.