NBIK15006U Advanced Cell Biology

Volume 2024/2025

MSc Programme in Biochemistry

MSc Programme in Biology

MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject

MSc Programme in Human Physiology


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.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Lectures are followed by class teaching which includes discussions of the topics presented at the lectures, 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.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 146
  • Theory exercises
  • 28
  • Exam
  • 4
  • Total
  • 206
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
On-site written exam, 4 hours under invigilation
Type of assessment details
Written open book exam.

The on-site written exam is an ITX exam.
See important information about ITX-exams at Study Information, menu point: Exams -> Exam types and rules -> Written on-site exams (ITX)
Only certain aids allowed
  • Students are allowed to bring all aids in paper format.
  • Students are allowed to bring their computer (either their laptop OR their tablet). It is not allowed to bring more than one computer.
  • Internet access and any form of communication with other electronic devices are NOT allowed. The computer must be on "flight mode".
  • Mobile phones, pocket calculators or any other electronic devices (except laptop or tablet) are NOT allowed.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners

Same as the ordinary exam.

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

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome