NBIK15006U  Advanced Cell Biology

Volume 2017/2018

MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine

MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject


The course covers cutting-edge theoretical and experimental knowledge of cell biology with special emphasis on cellular structures, organization and function of organelles, physiological properties of cells, signaling pathways, and interactions between cells and their environment. The course thus provides the student with in-depth knowledge on the complexity of cell biology and how defects in cellular processes are associated with pathological conditions.

Learning Outcome

By attending the course, the student will achieve:


The course provides the student with a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of cell biology, and how cellular processes control development and tissue homeostasis (see also "Criteria for exam assessment"). The course also presents an overview of specified cellular signaling pathways as well as the latest research within selected cell biological areas and their significance in human health and disease.


The course covers theoretical and experimental knowledge mainly based on text books and in part on key papers in cell biology, including both reviews and original articles. This will enable the student to analyze, interpret and evaluate experimental data obtained from cell biological research that covers the criteria for exam assessment (please see "Criteria for exam assessment").


The student is competent to understand, interpret and integrate the complexity of cell biology. For achieving extensive proficiencies in cellular communication and signaling pathway interactions it is recommended to continue with the Block 2 course: Cellular Signalling in Health and Disease.

See Absalon

It is recommended that students taking this course have a basic knowledge in cell biology corresponding to the bachelor level.
Morning lectures are followed by class teaching in the afternoon. Class teaching includes discussions of the lectures of the day, description of research techniques and methods, problem solving and discussions of research data. Reviews and original papers from scientific journals will accompany some lectures and class teaching.
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Written open book exam. Exam problems will be handled out in paper format, and you must answer the problems on special exam paper, which is available at your desk and from the invigilators in your exam room.
Only certain aids allowed
  • You are allowed to write your answers with pencil.
  • You are allowed to bring all aids in paper format.
  • You are allowed to bring your computer (either your laptop OR your tablet). You are not allowed to bring more than one computer.
  • Internet access and any form of communication with other electronic devices are NOT allowed. Put your computer on "flight mode".
  • Mobile phones, pocket calculators or any other electronic devices (except your laptop or tablet) are NOT allowed.

NB: If the exam is held at the ITX, the assignment must be handed in electronically. The ITX will provide computers. Private computers, tablets or mobile phones CANNOT be brought along to the exam. Books and notes can be brought on paper or saved on a USB key.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

As ordinary exam.

If ten or fewer students have signed up for re-exam, the type of assessment will be changed to oral exam 20 minutes with 20 minutes preparation time. All aids in paper format are allowed.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 4
  • Preparation
  • 146
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Theory exercises
  • 28
  • Total
  • 206