Human Immunobiology

Ph.D. -course

Course description

Course content

The course covers the main areas of immunology, with special focus on the role in health and disease.

Learning outcomes


After completing the course the student should be able to:

- Recognize the main types of cells, tissues, signal molecules and bioactive factors (components) which the immune system is comprised of.

- Outline the development and maturation process of different immune competent cells.

- Understand the basic mechanisms for how the immune system becomes activated and responds to stimuli e.g. infections or tissue damage at a molecular and cellular level.

- Have knowledge about the basic principles for defence and fight against infections. Present methods/treatment that can strengthen the immunity against infectious agents (e.g. vaccination).

- Account for main groups of diseases related to a failing immune system (autoimmunity, allergy, hypersensitivity, and immune deficiency) and describe in general the disease processes.

- Outline methods for treatment of immune related diseases and symptoms.


- Describe how immunological methods can be used in biological and medical research.

- Apply the immunological knowledge to own research project.

General Competence

- Obtain a general knowledge of how the immune system work in health and disease.

- To be able to distinguish the immunological component in a variety of complex health issues.

- Understand the importance of using immunological knowledge in both prevention and combating diseases.

Study period

Will not be held spring 2023

In general, from February to May, every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15-14:00, with exam in May/June. A detailed program is prepared prior to start of course, please contact the course coordinator for more information.

Credits (ECTS)

5 (ECTS)

Course location

Digital; Lab. building / BB-building & Haukeland University Hospital.
Language of instruction

English (Norwegian on request).

Course registration and deadlines

The registration deadline for Spring semester is February 1st.


- The student should be at post-graduate level (have a MSc or equivalent)

- No knowledge immunology is needed, but advantageous

- Basic knowledge of human biology

Recommended Previous Knowledge

- No special requirements, but basic cell biology and immunological knowledge is an advantage.

Part of training component

- Part of the formal training of the PhD program.

Form of assessment

Oral Examination


Course overlap

The course is overlapping with HUIMM303 and MOL212.

Who may participate




- 23 x 2 hour lectures

- 2 x 2 colloquium

- Independent study hours (approx. 200)

- exam

A detailed program is prepared prior to start of course, please contact the course coordinator for more information.

Academic responsible

Yenan Bryceson,

Bergen Research School in Inflammation (BRSI)

Broegelmanns Forskningslaboratorium, Department of clinical science



Yenan Bryceson, Professor II

Karl Albert Brokstad, Senior Scientist

Tim Holmes, Scientist

Silke Appel, Professor

Elling Ulvestad, Professor II

Einar Kristoffersen, Professor II

Reading list

The syllabus will be covered by lectures and the text book:

Abbas, Lichtman and Pillai. Cellular and Molecular Immunology. 10th Edition, 2021, Saunders Elsevier, ISBN9780323757485.