Immunology BSc/MSci

Fundamental Topics in Molecular Immunology 4Y option BIOL4185

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Infection and Immunity
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course focuses on enabling students to develop a detailed understanding of the fundamental molecular pathways involved in controlling immune responses, and an awareness of recent developments in molecular immunology.


Normally, there are 3 hours of teaching on Fridays, which may be split over more than one session. 

Excluded Courses



The course will be assessed by a 2-hour examination (75%) and in-course assessment consisting of a data analysis exercise (25%). 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to develop:

■ a thorough understanding of fundamental concepts involved in regulation and function of the adaptive immune system;

■ an awareness and knowledge of current controversies and emerging questions in the biology of lymphocytes.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Discuss and critically appraise the current state of understanding of molecular immunology;

■ Interpret and present information from relevant research literature;

■ Analyse data and relate results to the relevant literature;

■ Evaluate how knowledge in molecular immunology is created by experimentation and observation.

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.