Clinical Immunology


This module follows from the Immunology (stage 2)and Applied Immunotechnology (stage 3) modules. The module begins with advanced discussion of cells, molecules and mechanisms of immunity involved in infection. The module explores abnormalities in aspects in immunity in allergy, autoimmunity, and transplantation rejection. The mechanisms underlying immunodeficiency, the theoretical basis of tumour immunology and the role of the clinical immunology laboratory in diagnostic tests are also described. All laboratory practicals will be delivered with emphasis on sustainability topics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, and immunodeficiency and critically evaluate the importance of immune reactions in the immune surveillance

  2. Critically discuss the ways in which microorganism and the host immune response affects the pathology caused during infection and how this relates to clinical symptoms.

  3. Discuss the ways in which the understanding of the immunology mechanisms has helped in the development of clinical applications of immunological procedures

  4. Competently perform routine tests in clinical immunology laboratories, interpret and communicate results in diagnosis of disease with due regard to health and safety

  5. Critically evaluate the role of the clinical immunology laboratory and quality assurance in the context of service users.

  6. Analyse and critique relevant primary literature and communicate results as appropriate for a clinical setting and advise on further testing

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%