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Course content

The course covers how protein and lipid molecules constitute membranes, and how these function in cells and organelles in cooperation with the cellular cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix in tissues and organisms. The course also covers mechanisms for how newly made proteins are sorted and transported to the correct destination in cells and tissues. Fundamental principles in cellular biology are used to explain signal transfer and immunological mechanisms.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • explain how cellular membranes are built and function, how membrane transport functions in eukaryotic cells, how molecules pass through membranes, and the physiological importance of these mechanisms.
  • explain how proteins are made, modified, sorted and transported to different membrane destinations and organelles in the cell, based on information in the protein structure.
  • understand how cells send and receive signals and understand how these mechanisms are important for regulation of cell division, cell death, and the immune system.
  • discuss the evolutionary origin of eukaryotic cells and their organelles and how cell adhesion and adhesion to the extracellular matrix shapes  tissues and organisms.
  • read original and review articles on cell biology topics, and in a group present important parts of the subject in a suitable form to fellow students.
  • analyse and assess immunological tests in the laboratory.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety must be passed before attending the lab sessions.

BIOS1110 – Celle- og molekylærbiologi, BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I, and BIOS1120 – Fysiologi

Overlapping courses


This course consists of

  • Lectures

  • Tutorials and group work (mandatory) 

  • Lab session (mandatory)

Students are expected to participate actively in the course. Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam. Graded lab reports are valid for 3 years.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, lab session, and part of the group tutorials, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for valid absence is not provided to the student administration before the first lecture.

Students should consider buying a personal travel and personal injury insurance as the course contains lab and/or fieldwork. Click here for further information about student insurance.


Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Final written exam which counts 100 % towards the final grade. 

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

Exam attempts

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MBV3010 – Advanced cell biology (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English and Norwegian.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 27, 2022 1:17:28 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)