BIOS9913 – Molecular mechanisms of intracellular transport

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

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Course content

The course deals with membrane structure, transport of proteins into the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), through the Golgi apparatus and out of the cell; chemical modification of proteins, different forms of endocytosis and intracellular transport; factors that regulate intracellular transport and fusion with different organelles; newly discovered pathways in the cell.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you are expected to:

  • Have an overview of the different intracellular transport pathways in the eukaryotic cell, and understand how proteins and lipids affect these processes.
  • Have knowledge of examples of how these transport pathways affect other cellular and  physiological processes that involve signaling, the cytoskeleton, etc. 
  • Discuss what is regarded as established knowledge and what it is still uncertain in the field.
  • Search relevant literature, read original and review articles about cell biological topics and present them to fellow students.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

There is a limit of maximum 30 students.

The courses BIOS5913 and BIOS9913 have joint admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

  1. PhD candidates and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
  2. Other PhD candidates and visiting PhD candidates.
  3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students.

Applicants are ranked by credits in each group; all applicants within 1st rank before applicants in 2nd etc. If admission is limited to a fixed number of participants, admission will be decided by drawing lots for students who are ranked equally.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to a PhD program.

BIOS3700 – Cell Biology 2  BIOS4030 – Laboratory Methods in Cellular Biology or corresponding knowlegde.

Overlapping courses


The course consists of

  • lectures (15 hours)
  • student seminars (15 hours)

The lectures must be considered as syllabus and there is mandatory participation in both lectures and student seminars. 80 % participation is required.

The teaching is concentrated over 2 weeks.


The mandatory participation in both lectures and student seminars must be approved before the exam.

  • Oral exam at the end of the course  given as an individual presentation of more than one article of an assigned topic related to the course topics. Counts 100%

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:BIOS9913, MBV4240 – Biochemical mechanisms in intracellular transport (continued), MBV9240 – Biochemical mechanisms in intracellular transport (continued).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

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

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 27, 2020 2:15:30 AM

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