Molecular and Cellular Immunology

Evolution of the immune system, innate immunity, cell biology of immunity, structural basis of discrimination between self and non-self.


  • BSc Biochemistry, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology


Final Year

20 Credits

The emphasis of this module is on how the immune system works, with a focus on molecular and cellular aspects.

The main areas covered include:

  • the evolution of the immune system,
  • innate immunity and the role of phagocytes, inflammatory responses and intracellular killing mechanisms,
  • adaptive immunity and the role of B cells, T cell subsets, antigen presenting cells, interleukins and cell surface receptors,
  • immunity and infection killer cells and killing mechanisms, (iv) the structures, signalling pathways, cell biology and interactions involved in antigen recognition, T and B cell responses, antibody-antigen complexes,
  • immunological disorders, including hypersensitivity, autoimmune diseases and transplantation,
  • vaccines and therapeutic antibodies.

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Lectures, data interpretation sessions, practicals, guided independent study