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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

The study of immunology provides insight into the mechanisms of health and disease at both the acute and the chronic level. This course introduces the key processes involved in the function and the interaction of the innate and the adaptive immune systems, explores the developing area of cancer immunology, and uses a range of case studies to examine the interrelationship between the immune response, health and disease.

Key features

During this part-time online certificate course, you will:

  • learn about the function of the innate and adaptive immune system
  • consider how the immune system functions in the maintenance of health and in the contribution to disease
  • develop key study and writing skills


Teaching & Assessment

As part of our open and inclusive learning environment, you can enjoy the world-class resources and expertise of the University of Cambridge wherever you are on your academic journey.

Our video-based teaching platforms offer a flexible way to access lectures, while our Virtual Learning Environment makes it easy to study and learn online and interact with your tutor and fellow students.

Our teaching methods include lectures, presentations by guest speakers and facilitators, and interactive and experiential learning activities. We will also give you reading and assignments to complete outside of classroom sessions.

You will demonstrate your learning using a range of assignments submitted at the end of each unit and through the construction of a portfolio of work. There are more details about how this course is assessed in the course guide we will send you once you have enrolled.



This course is equivalent to half of the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree. It offers 60 CATS credits, which are recognised by higher education institutions and employers.


Notional hours

The award of academic credit is a means of quantifying and recognising learning and within the UK, one credit notionally represents 10 hours of learning. This course attracts 60 credits, so students should expect to need to study for approximately 600 hours in total to complete all units successfully. However, it is recognised that students study at different paces and use a variety of approaches, so this is a recommendation, rather than a hard-and-fast calculation. 

SEEC Credit Level Descriptors for Higher Education (2021) here

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

11 Oct 2024 to 13 Jun 2025

Course duration

3 Terms

Apply by

09 Sep 2024

Course fee


Academic director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 4

Course code