University Of Glasgow Immunology

By | 5th June 2017

University Of Glasgow Immunology

Immunology is the study of the body’s defence (immune) system and how it protects from, and contributes to, disease.

This is one of the few programmes in the UK which offer an Honours degree focusing solely on immunology for two years (years 3 and 4).

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Immunology 2 (13A) BIOL2015

  • Academic Session: 2016-17
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

You will identify the cells and molecules that make up the immune system, and how these act in health and disease. Specifically you will learn how the immune system protects from infection and how the immune system is stimulated by vaccines to provide protection against life-threatening diseases. You will learn how some infections such as HIV can subvert the immune response and cause disease. You will also find out how, when there is an inappropriate response, the immune system can cause disease including autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, allergies and hypersensitivity.

University Of Glasgow Immunology


Two 1-hour lectures per week (Mondays and Wednesdays at 09:00 or 13:00).

Requirements of Entry

Normally, grade D in both the Level-1 Biology courses and grade D in EITHER Chemistry-1 OR in Science Fundamentals-1X and -1Y.


The course will be assessed by means of a 90-min examination paper in the December diet (70%) and in-course assessment (30%).


The only part of the course that can be reassessed is the end of course assessment.

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

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. 

University Of Glasgow Immunology

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:

■ To introduce you to the immune system.

■ To promote an appreciation of the importance of an effective response in fighting infection.

■ To explain how inappropriate immune responses can contribute to disease.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and theories of modern immunology.

■ Describe the organs, cells and other mediators involved in an immune response.

■ Describe the basic mechanisms of both innate and adaptive immune responses.

■ Appreciate the importance of an effective immune system in response to infection.

■ Discuss the consequences of inappropriate immune responses e.g. autoimmunity, allergy and transplantation.

■ Explain how the immune system can be effectively manipulated e.g. immunotherapy or vaccination.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

You must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course’s summative assessment. In addition, you will normally be required to attend all laboratories and tutorials.