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Course content

The course covers central topics in immunology for students who already have a basic knowledge of immunology. The focus is on the immune system in disease situations where faulty B:T cell interactions are involved. Thus, central topics are allergy, autoimmunity and cancer immunology. Furthermore, attempts to manipulate the immune response are described.

The course also integrates general immunology and cell biology, with a focus on antigen presentation.

The topics are presented as lectures, and the students are required to read review articles as well as a textbook in immunobiology. Each student presents a research article for the group.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you will:

  • have a detailed understanding of lymphnode microanatomy and know how B and T cells encounter antigen and develops in different locations.
  • know antigenpresentation and autophagy on a detailed molecular level
  • understand immunology of mucosal surfaces and the interplay between commensal flora and and the immune system in the gut
  • have a in depth knowlege of the cellular and molecular basis for autoimmune disease and allergies.
  • have basic knowlegde of tumorimmunology and the development of novel recombinant antibodies for treatment of cancer and autoimmune disease
  • gain in depth knowlegde of a relevant field of immunological reaserch and critically discuss this with the group.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

MBV4250 – Basic immunology and immunological techniques (discontinued) or corresponding knowledge.

Overlapping courses

The course MBV9260 covers the same curriculum, however, please note that this course has a different examination/assessmen


The course lasts five weeks in the beginning of the autumn semester and the teaching will consist of 25 hours of lectures. In addition seminars and colloquia will be arranged in agreement with the students.


Presentation of a scientific paper for the other students in the course must be approved before the exam. Final exam one week after the end of the course.

More information on exams at MN-faculty

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

A new course BIOS9914 Cellular and Molecular Immunology will be offered  from autumn term 2020. The web page for this course will be published in late May.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)