Immunology is the branch of medicine concerned with the body’s defence system known as the immune system.  Immunologists study how the immune system functions and they treat patients with immune system disorders.

This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.

Nature of the work

Clinical immunologists in the UK undertake a range of clinical and laboratory duties, but their core activities are in the clinical management of patients. Their clinical work is largely outpatient based and involves:

Their laboratory work underpins the diagnosis and monitoring of immunological diseases. Immunologists have responsibility for:

A minority of immunologists (less than ten percent) also provide laboratory support for organ transplantation, to minimise rejection in organ transplant patients.

Immunologists provide support for the diagnosis and management of  conditions such as:

Common procedures/interventions

These include:


Immunologists may develop sub-specialty interests such as:

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Other roles that may interest you

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