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Course content

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

Learning outcome

After competing this course, you

  • can explain how cellular membrane 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, based on information in the protein molecules own structure, proteins are made, modified, sorted and transported to different membrane destinations and organelles in the cell
  • understand how cells send and receive signals and understand how this is important for regulating 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 extra cellular matrix builds tissue and organism
  • read original and overview articles on topics in cellular biology, and in a group present important parts of these in a suitable form to fellow students
  • analyse and assess immunological tests in the laboratory


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.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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).

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MBV3010 – Advanced cell biology (continued)


This course consists of

  • lectures (54 hours)
  • tutorials (24 hours)  and group work (approx. 10 hours)
  • lab sessions (5 hours)

Students are expected to participate actively in the course. Attendance is mandatory for the lab sessions, group sessions and tutorials.

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 prior to the first lecture.

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

Graded lab. reports are valid for three years.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


  • Written final exam, 3 hours.

Lab journals , group exercises and some assignments must be approved before sitting for the exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper 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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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)

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring

The course is offered for the first time spring 2019


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)