BMB201: Autoimmunology

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: Danish, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N220008102
Censorship: Second examiner: Internal
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Spring
Level: PhD

STADS ID (UVA): N220008101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 22-10-2018

Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active


The course has limited entry. The following criterias are taken into consideration when seats are assigned.

  1. PhD students after time of enrollment
  2. Students with the most ECTS from their master
  3. Students who follows master courses concurrent with their bachelor programme (dispensation to 30 ECTS Master courses)
If students are equal – seats are allocated based on random draw.
The academic envirometns at The faculty of science manages the prioritisation and at waiting list is established and will then be made aware from the faculty. The waiting list will not be transferred to the following year.

01003001(former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree (biomedicine, molecular biology or similar).

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to:

  • Have knowledge of basic immunology.
  • Be able to use retrieve and use new literature on (auto)immunology.
  • Immunology (Bx10, BMB512, BMB514 or similar) must be known.

Participant limit


Course introduction

The aim of the course is that the student achieves knowledge and
understanding of mechanisms in immunological self/non-self
discrimination and knowledge of organ-specific and systemic autoimmune
diseases. This is important in regard to reading and understanding new
literature on autoimmunology and in regard to presentation of current
results and problems in autoimmunology.

The course builds on the
knowledge acquired in the courses BMB512 (immunology) or similar, and
gives an academic basis for studying autoimmunology in a master or PhD

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:

  • Give the competence to understand and present problems and new results in molecular (auto)immunology.
  • Give skills to read and present articles and to define and carry out projects in molecular (auto)immunology.
  • Give knowledge and understanding of molecular (auto)immunology.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to:

  • describe basic mechanisms in immunological self/non-self discrimination.
  • describe the role of innate and adaptive immunity in autoimmune diseases.
  • describe systemic autoimmune diseases (e.g. connective tissue diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • describe organ specific autoimmune diseases (e.g. diabetes type I, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune thyroiditis)
  • describe basic principles of diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases.
  • read and understand new literature on autoimmunology.
  • present current issues and problems in autoimmunology.


The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • Immunological self/non-self discrimination
  • Innate and adaptive immunity in autoimmune diseases
  • Systemic autoimmune diseases (e.g. connective tissue diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Organ specific autoimmune diseases (e.g. diabetes type I, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune thyroiditis)
  • Diagnostics of autoimmune diseases
  • Treatment of autoimmune diseases


See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Exam element a)








Second examiner: Internal


7-point grading scale


Full name and SDU username


Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value


Additional information

The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

60 hours per semester

Teaching Method

The course combines lectures, reading of original articles, examinatories with article presentations, laboratory exercises and individual projects.

  • Reading of articles
  • Litterature searching
  • Article presentations
  • Individual project

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Gunnar Houen


Administrative Unit

Biokemi og Molekylær Biologi

Team at Registration & Legality


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