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Høst 2018

MBI-2004 Immunology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences

Type of course

This course is a part of the bachelor program in biomedicine. The course is also available as a singular course, and for exchange students.

Course contents

This course aims to provide a understanding of the components and principal workings of the vertebrate immune system. The main focus will be on how our immune system protects the body from microorganisms like virus, bacteria, fungi and parasites. We will also examine how immune responses are initiated and terminated, how the immune system "remembers" a pathogenic intruder such that it can respond stronger at subsequent infections (the basis for vaccination), and how erroneous immune responses can result in serious disease. We will also discuss the basis for the immune system to recognize virtually any structure it is exposed to and why the immune system will vigorously reject transplanted foreign tissues.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1st of June

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries: Generell studiekompetanse + Matematikk R1 eller (S1+S2) og ett av følgende fag:

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website -

Recommended pre-requisites: biochemistry, cell biology, and microbiology.

Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants).

Objective of the course

At the end of the course the students should be able to:

The students should also be able to explain how and where adaptive immune responses are initiated and the principles of clonal selection and clonal expansion in adaptive immune responses, and the difference between naive, effector and memory lymphocytes. The students should also be able to give an over view of signal transduction in lymphocytes from antigen-receptor ligation to transcription factors including the roles of ITAM and ITIM motifs and the antigen receptor-associated signalling molecules in which they are present, membrane-associated Src kinases (Fyn, Lyn, Blk), Lck, Syk, ZAP-70, PLC, Calcineurin, NFkB, NFAT and AP-1.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course will consist of lectures, colloquia and laboratory exercises.


Written exam, 4 hours, graded alphabetically A-F.


A re-sit exam/postponed exam will be arranged early in the following semester for candidates who failed the exam, or who for valid reasons were unable to attend.

Date for examination

Written examination 06.12.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Course overlap

BIO-3609 Basal and Comparative Immunology 8 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

Information about syllabus/reading will be announced when the course starts.
Lectures Autumn 2018
første oppmøte: se timeplan.Første oppmøte er obligatorisk, mer praktisk informasjon vil bli gitt da.
Forelesning prof. Tor Brynjar Stuge
prof. Jorun Bergliot Jørgensen
f.aman. Gerd Berge
Gruppeundervisning gr. 1 prof. Tor Brynjar Stuge
Gruppeundervisning gr. 2 (reserve) prof. Tor Brynjar Stuge
Lab prof. Tor Brynjar Stuge
stip. Nora Hersoug Nedberg