LIPIDS: molecular, cellular and biochemical properties in health and diseases

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course aims to deepen the knowledge acquired in basic lipid biochemistry and to further understand the properties of lipids at the chemical, molecular and biological levels that contribute to cellular function in health and diseases.



The course covers the following main areas: properties and function of membrane and intracellular lipids, the biochemical and biological significance of lipid-protein interactions, advanced lipid methodology and lipid-related diseases

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 phospholipid biosynthetic and catabolic pathways
  • can explain methods of lipid analysis
  • can describe and understand how lipid assemble into membranes and accommodate for trans-membrane proteins
  • can explain lipid-protein interactions at membranes and their functions
  • can describe lipid modification of proteins chemically and functionally
  • can explain lipid-mediated signaling and its role in cellular processes
  • can describe different lipid-mediated diseases at the molecular level



The student

  • is able to apply new knowledge and principles to understand molecular mechanisms of normal cellular processes and lipid-related diseases
  • to evaluate, summarize and refer to the scientific literature within the field of lipid biochemistry


General competence

The student can demonstrate advanced knowledge in lipid biochemistry and is able to apply it in a wider biochemical and biological context and in line with current research.

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 33 for the autumn 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 ( 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. The course is best suited for master studies, or at the 5th or 6th semester of the bachelor program.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
KJEM130 (or equivalent course in organic chemistry, 5 credits are sufficient).
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
In order to be admitted to the course, you must be admitted to a study programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and fulfill required previous knowledge.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, tutorials
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
1 obligatory written assignment which connects the course to current research. Mandatory activity is valid for six semesters (the current semester and the five subsequent semesters). All obligatory activity must be approved before one can take the exam.
Forms of Assessment

Written exam 4 hours.

Examination support materials: None

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
An exam will be available each 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 coontent, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Administrator
The faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Department of Biological Sciences has responsibility for the course and programme.