Immunology in Health and Disease (C7121)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

You’ll learn about key contemporary areas of immunology in health and disease, giving you a larger perspective on how the immune system factors into overall health.

Through examining various relevant clinical examples, you will gain knowledge of the causes and consequences of abnormal immune function including allergy, autoimmunity and immune-deficiencies. You will also understand the immune system’s role in cancer and transplantation. You’ll explore the mucosal immune network, and its interactions with the gut microbiome in shaping immune function in the body.

You will focus on how to critically evaluate research data and how these studies lead to novel treatments. You'll also explore clinical and experimental applications of immunological techniques and therapies used for:

  • screening
  • diagnosis
  • treatment
  • monitoring
  • prophylaxis
  • immunotherapy.


71%: Lecture
29%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Media production)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: