BIOS5914 – Cellular and molecular Immunology

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

The course covers central topics in immunology for students who already have a basic knowledge of immunology. The focus is on the adaptive immune system in 1) defense against pathogens, 2) immune-mediated disease, 3) manipulation of the immune system to improve health (e.g. vaccines and immunotherapy), 4) evolution of adaptive immunity. Central topics are allergy, autoimmunity and cancer immunology. 

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will:

  • have a detailed understanding of the cellular and molecular basis for how the immune systems of vertebrates, with a particular emphasis on humans, operate

  • understand how the immune system protects against disease, but may also cause disease and how it can be manipulated to fight disease

  • gain knowledge about the many strong immunology research groups in Oslo

  • know how to critically read and present scientific articles to peers

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

A general cell biology course with immunology, such as BIOS3700 – Cell Biology 2, is strongly recommended. BIOS3700 uses The Cell (Alberts et al., 6th Edition) as textbook. The content of Chapters 23: Pathogens and Infection and Chapter 24: The Innate and Adaptive Immune System, is assumed as prior knowledge for students taking this course.

Overlapping courses


This course consists of:

  • lectures

  • seminars

  • colloquia

  • student presentations

  • peer grading

As part of the teaching, all MSc candidates will hold an individual presentation of a scientific article for the other participants on the course. The article is chosen by the candidate from a list of available articles. 

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for valid absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture.Attendance is also mandatory for the seminars and for the student presentations, including presentations on topics in immunology given by PhD candidates.


  • Final written exam, which counts 60 % towards the finale grade. 

  • Student presentation counts 20 % towards the final grade. Grade given by instructor and peer grading.

  • An obligatory assignment (essay style of about 1000 words) counts 20 % towards the final grade. Grade given by instructor and peer grading.

All three elements must be passed for a passing grade.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MBV4260 – Advanced immunology (discontinued), MBV9260 – Advanced immunology (discontinued), MBV4250 – Basic immunology and immunological techniques (discontinued), MBV9250 – Basic immunology and immunological techniques (discontinued) and BIOS9914 – Cellular and molecular Immunology.

Examination support material

In the event that the exam can be given in a University exam room, no support material will be allowed. If the containment strategy for the coronavirus necessitates a home exam, all support material will be allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 9, 2021 2:17:21 AM

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