NBIK15005U Advanced Bacteriology 2

Volume 2024/2025

MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine


Theme 1: Bacterial physiology

  • Bacterial metabolic diversity and adaptations to life as single-celled organisms

Theme 2: Bacterial interactions

  • Bacterial interactions with plants
  • Bacterial interactions with viruses
  • Bacterial symbionts in animals

Theme 3: Pathogenic bacteria in humans

  • From free-living to pathogen: Adaptations to pathogenicity
  • Evolution of pathogenic bacteria
  • Evolution of bacterial pathogens in humans
  • Bacterial disease mechanisms
  • Infectious biology in humans of selected bacteria
Learning Outcome

By the end of the course students are expected to be able to master:


  • describe the ability of bacteria to live as single-cell organisms or in intimate associations with eukaryotes
  • describe the metabolic diversity of bacteria
  • describe the molecular basis of bacterial mutualistic symbiosis with a selection of animals and plants
  • describe the interactions of bacteria with animals, plants and viruses
  • describe the mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis in humans
  • describe evolutionary mechanisms of pathogenic bacteria 
  • describe in detail the molecular basis of pathogenesis of selected pathogenic bacteria on humans
  • describe the main theories explaining evolution of pathogenicity among bacteria, including virulence factor selection


  • evaluate bacterial genomic structure, adaptations and physiology in relation to bacterial interactions with other organisms including humans
  • evaluate and analyse bacterial adaptations to pathogenicity
  • evaluate the potential of bacteria to produce infectious disease in humans


  • analyse, put into perspective, and criticize the primary scientific literature
  • perform effective oral presentation of acquired knowledge and ideas

See Absalon.

Introductory courses in molecular biology and microbiology and the course Advanced Bacteriology 1 are recommended.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Generally include two 3-hour discussion classes (Tuesdays 13.15-16.00 and Fridays and self-test, follow up discussion and one double lecture (Mondays 9.30-12.00).
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 21
  • Preparation
  • 142
  • Seminar
  • 42
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Type of assessment details
Final oral exam based on learning outcome, 20 minutes without preparation. All exam questions will be published 10 days before the exam.
Exam registration requirements

In order to be allowed to the final exam, the student should have participated actively in the course and have performed a satisfactory oral presentation based on a scientific paper.

Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

The same as the ordinary exam.

If the requirement is not fulfilled, the student must hand in a scientific paper that must be approved by the teacher no later than three weeks before the  reexamination.

Criteria for exam assesment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.