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 Master Programmes Board of the Faculty of Medicine, 19 December 2017
Responsible department
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology

General provisions

The course equals the first semester at the Master's Programme in Infection Biology

Entry requirements

180 credits 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. Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English 6/English Course B in the Swedish secondary school.

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 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 what work according to a scientific approach entails, how scientific studies are evaluated, how ethical considerations are applied in research, and how scientific information is communicated.


The course consists of the three partially integrated modules 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.

All teaching is in English.


Written tests with the grade Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG) ends the respective module. The mandatory parts are examined at seminars, oral presentations/reports and through written reports and given the grade of pass or fail.

To pass the course all mandatory parts must be approved. The grading from exam(s) and assignments will together generate a final weighted course grade. Possibility for completion of not approved compulsory assignments may be given at the earliest at next course and only in case of a vacancy.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.