Tumour, Autoimmunity and Transplant Immunology

Course Type
Postgraduate, Module

Tumour, Autoimmunity and Transplant Immunology (20 credits)

The module will build on and apply the knowledge of molecular mechanisms in immune cell differentiation and function, gained in the previous module, to autoimmune disease, transplant and cancer immunobiology. Using a combination of lectures and small group teaching the module will aim to educate on aspects of immunity that are unique to certain diseases but will ultimately provide a framework to understand the similarities between diseases with a view to the development of novel therapeutics.

Module attendance required: Three weeks of lectures and small group tutorials.

Module dates: 11 December – 19 January 2018


  • Examination (60%):
    1 written essay and 4 short answers (2h exam).
  • Coursework (40%):
    3000 word proposal for a new biological therapeutic and oral presentation of proposal (40%). The report will focus on:
      • i) What is the clinical need for the therapy?
      • ii) What is the role of the therapeutic target in the specified disease?
      • iii) What is the envisaged impact of manipulating the therapeutic target?

Academics involved in the delivery of this module:

Dr Nick Jones and  Dr Graham Taylor (Institute for Immunology and Immunotherapy) and a number of other researchers from across the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, including Dr Francesca BaroneDr John Curnow, Dr Dagmar Scheel-ToellnerDr Claire Shannon-Lowe and Dr Steven Lee.