Molecular Cell Biology

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course aims to give detailed understanding of eukaryotic cells with main focus on the functions of subcellular structures and regulatory mechanisms involved in cell communication and cell division.



The course covers topics such as protein secretion, endocytosis, cytoskeleton, intracellular transport, cell communication, cell adhesion, tissues, cell cycle, apoptosis, nerve signaling, stem cells and cancer. Molecular and experimental understanding will be emphasized.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:



The student

  • can explain essential functions in the cell and how they are associated with subcellular structures.
  • can describe sorting and secretion of proteins and explain the processes in molecular terms.
  • can describe the composition of the different parts of the cytoskeleton and how they function.
  • can explain cell communication in molecular terms and compare different types of signaling.
  • can describe the properties of proteins that have important functions in cell adhesion.
  • can explain important steps in cell cycle regulation and how these can be connected to cancer development.
  • can describe the special properties of nerve cells and how they communicate.
  • can describe the properties of embryonic stem cells and other types of stem cells.
  • can update his/her knowledge in molecular biology
  • can reflect on ethical issues raised by molecular biology research



The student

  • is able to use important concepts and principles in molecular cell biology.
  • Is able to evaluate possible links between certain diseases (e.g. cancer) and errors in cellular mechanisms.


General competence

The student

  • can communicate detailed knowledge in cell biology.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section email: . The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
MOL100 (Introduction to Molecular Biology (10 ECTS), or equivalent course
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
BIO103 (Cell Biology and Genetics) 10 ECTS
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and oral presentation.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

One oral presentation on a selected topic in cell biology.

Valid for two semesters (the current semester and the following semester).

Forms of Assessment
Written exam, 4 hours.
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
The exam is held in both spring and autumn semesters. In semesters with no teaching, a resit exam is held early in the semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
Students will evaluate the teaching in line with UiB and the Department's quality assurance system.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Fabian Rentzsch
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences has the administrative responsibility of the course and program.