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Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 30 250 SEK
First payment: 30 250 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Application closed, late application opens 16 July 2021.


Immunology is the study of the immune system and how it defends the body against pathogens, that is to say, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Moreover, the immune system must be able to kill transformed tissues that otherwise can develop into tumors. At the same time, the immune system also has to be regulated in order to avoid causing unnecessary destruction of non-infected/untransformed healthy tissues.

In the course Immunology, which is a first-cycle course in biology, you will study how the immune system develops, matures and is activated in order to effectively combat infectious microbes. This knowledge will be the foundation for further studies of the subject in courses such as Immunology and Disease Pathogenesis (BIO467).

During the last decade, many groundbreaking treatments and diagnostic methods have been developed. Several of these have been based on redirecting immune cells and on blocking factors that they produce. Therefore, a good understanding of immunology is in demand and considered a merit when applying for jobs within the pharmaceutical industry and within many parts of the healthcare sector.


The course is divided into blocks of about a week. Each block covers a topic of immunology with pre-set study goals that you achieve through individual studies followed by lectures dealing with basic concepts.

The different topics are then summed up in two half-day group exercises where you answer quiz questions, essay questions and application questions by means of “team based learning”.

Prerequisites and selection


Successfully completed courses Cell Biology, BIO900,15 credits, Molecular Genetics, BIO905, 15 credits, Biological Form and Function, BIO910, 15 credits, Ecology and Evolution, BIO915, 15 credits, and Biodiversity and Systematics, BIO920, 15 credits plus completed Chemistry, 30 credits or other equivalent courses. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

The course can be included in the following programmes:

  • Bachelor's programme in Molecular Biology
  • Bachelor's programme in Biology
  • Master's programme in Molecular Biology
  • Master's programme in Biology
  • Master's programme in Genomics and Systems Biology.

The course can also be taken as a stand-alone course.


The course is given at Campus Medicinareberget.

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