Human Immunobiology

Ph.D. -course

Course description

Course content

The course aims to provide an in-depth view of advanced molecular and cellular immunology, with a focus on current topics in the field of immunology. An emphasis is also on understanding new concepts in mechanisms of immune defence and immunological diseases.

In addition, the course will provide a presentation of the immunological research environments and expertise at UiB.

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 immune competent cells.
  • Understand the basic mechanisms for how the immune system becomes activated and responds to stimuli e.g. infections, tissue damage or cancer.
  • Have knowledge about fundamental 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 (e.g. autoimmunity, allergy 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 specific knowledge of how the immune system works 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


Credits (ECTS)

4 (ECTS)

Course location

Lab. building / BB-building at Haukeland University Hospital.
Language of instruction
Course registration and deadlines
February 1st for the spring semester.

Basic cell biology and immunologicalhuman immunology is recommended.

Part of training component
Part of the formal training of the PhD program
Form of assessment

Evaluation of presentations of articles.

Oral exam, 2 hours.


Course overlap

The course does overlap with:

HUIMM903B combined with any of these courses will give a credit reduction of 4 credits.

Who may participate
Eit detaljert program blir utarbeidd før kursstart, vennlegast kontakt kurskoordinatoren for meir informasjon.
Academic responsible

Course coordinator: Yenan Bryceson (

Bergen Research School in Inflammation (BRSI)

Broegelmanns Forskningslaboratorium, Department of clinical science


Reading list

Mitt UiB will be covered by lectures and the text book:

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