BIOS9913 – Molecular mechanisms of intracellular transport

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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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 will have knowlegde about and an overview of where the research front is within topics such as:

  • Endocytic mechanisms and intracellular sorting
  • Transport of newly synthesized proteins into the ER and control of newly synthesized proteins
  • An overview of models for how transport through the Golgi apparatus occurs
  • Pathways for transport out of the cell
  •  Expertise in conveying a subject  by giving a presentation for other participants on 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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to a PhD program

Recommended previous knowledge

or corresponding knowlegde

Overlapping courses


The teaching will be given as

  • lectures ( 20 hours)
  • student seminars (10 hours)

As part of the teaching, all PhD candidates will hold an individual presentation of a scientific article for the other participants on the course.

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

The course will be given concentrated over 2 weeks in October/November


The mandatory participation in both lectures and student seminars, and an individual presentation of a research article must be approved before the exam.

  • 3 hours final written exam approximately 2 weeks after the end of the course.

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.

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:MBV9240 – Biochemical mechanisms in intracellular transport (continued)MBV4240 – Biochemical mechanisms in intracellular transport (continued) and BIOS5913 – Molecular mechanisms of intracellular transport.

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 autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language