Skip to main content Skip to navigation

BS211 - Immunology

  • Module code: BS211
  • Module name: Immunology
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To achieve an overview of the immune system at second year undergraduate level, building on and expanding the first year immunology lectures, and acting as a bridge to more specialised final year modules.

Principal learning outcomes

The overall objective of the module is to introduce you primarily to a range of important microparasites, the diseases they cause and the relative burden of disease caused by these organisms. We will look at factors involved in their spread, and colonisation, and the host defence systems that they have to overcome if they are to become established. Techniques used in the diagnosis of infection will be discussed, as will the strategies employed in their control. This will include some insights into the practise of clinical bacteriology. We will also look at the impact of infectious disease over the centuries and how they have been perceived and dealt with by society.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module is taught in the Autumn Term, weeks 1-5.

Departmental link

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: BS211-12)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio) (C1A1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (MBio) (C1A2) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (C700) - Year 2