Microbiology and Immunology

30 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 3MK000

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Infection Biology A1F, Medical Science A1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Educational Board of Medicine, 29 August 2013
Responsible department
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

Entry requirements

At least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time studies), in biology, (bio-)medicine, biotechnology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical bioscience, (pharmaceutical)chemistry, medical science, agriculture, animal science, veterinary medicine or international education giving relevant knowledge in cell biology, genetics (bio)chemistry and molecular biology.

English proficiency, normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the students should be able to thoroughly report and explain the principles behind

classification, structure and function of medically relevant microbes

the function of the innate and adaptive immune system regulating the defence against microbial infections

microbial strategies to evade the immune response of the host organism

the infection cycle of a number of medically important virus and bacteria

molecular interactions between plants and their pathogens

how plants defend themselves against infections

organisation, evolution and function of microbial genomes

the function, regulation, diversity, adaptation and spreading of virulence factors

microbial strategies to regulate the biosynthetic machinery of the host cell

how to use viral vectors in gene and cancer therapy

important transmission routes and how these may be prevented

From this theoretical knowledge the student should be able to

independently assemble facts, summarise and draw conclusions from scientific texts

critically analyse methods and interpret results, as well as discuss these in orally and in writing

and in addition have obtained

in depth knowledge about experimental strategies and scientific approaches used to address questions about microbial processes at the molecular level

experience from practical molecular and genetic tools used in infection biology research and understanding of how to plan and conduct scientific investigations

understanding of how to plan and conduct and evaluate scientific investigations, how ethical legislation is applied and how research and scientific results are cummunicated to society


The course consists of the three partially integrated topics immunology, bacteriology and virology.

This first course in the Master programme in infection biology aims to give in depth knowledge about structure and function of pathogenic virus and bacteria, with emphasis on molecular mechanisms regulating pathogenesis. The host organism’s defence against infection are discussed in detail, as well as the ability of the infecting microbes to evade the immune response. A number of particularly important microbes are discussed in detail. Practical exercises illuminate experimental techniques to study the host cell – microbe interactions.

During a series of lectures given jointly for other medical Master programs, you will also get an insight in a number of general science-related topics.


The education includes lectures, compulsory lab training, seminars and project work. All lectures are deeply rooted in current international research. Practical lab exercises are connected to ongoing research projects and performed side by side with graduate students in the research laboratory.


Separate written examinations in bacteriology and virology, seminars with written reports, completed lab projects and lab reports. To pass the examination, all individual tasks must be completed.