Cell Cycle Control and Cancer

Course content

To give students a thorough understanding of pioneering and contemporary cell cycle research with emphasis on the mechanisms that are deregulated in cancer.

To be able to understand, evaluate and convey molecular genetic research on cell cycle control and cancer development.

Following themes:

  • Cancer as a genetic disease
  • Basic cell-cycle regulation and deregulation of the pRB pathway
  • p53 and checkpoints
  • Genetic instability and DNA repair
  • Mitosis
  • Loss of heterozygousity
  • Epigenetics and cancer
  • Mechanisms of chromosome mis-segregation
  • Fragile sites in chromosome replication

Within each course week one or two themes will be covered by an introductory lecture, by group discussions of papers (journal-club format) and by a research seminar given by an expert in the field.


MSc Programme in Biochemistry
MSc Programme in Biology
MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject
MSc Programme in Molecular Biomedicine

Learning outcome


A critical experimental approach applied to the study of cell cycle control. The course is heavy on genetics, but also deals with techniques of cell biology, protein chemistry and biochemistry.


The student will be able to read, understand and convey the reasoning and logic of scientific experiments that deals with experimental approaches to cell cycle control in normal cells, and the genetic deregulation of theses control mechanisms that causes cancer or contribute to cancer development.


To be able to understand, evaluate and convey molecular genetic research on cell cycle control and cancer development.

Lectures, group discussions of research papers, and guest seminars.

See Absalon.

Molecular Genetics or equivalent.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Type of assessment details
The course has been selected for ITX exam
See important information about ITX-exams at Study Information, menu point: Exams -> Exam types and rules -> Written on-site exams (ITX)
All aids allowed

As the exam is an ITX-exam, the University will make computers available to students at the exam. Students are therefore not permitted to bring their own computers, tablets, calculators, or mobile phones.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners/co-examiners.

The same as the ordinary exam.

If ten or fewer students have signed up for re-exam, the type of assessment will be changed to oral exam.

Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.


Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 27
  • Preparation
  • 148
  • Theory exercises
  • 27
  • Exam
  • 4
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board for the Biological Area
Contracting department
  • Department of Biology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Olaf Nielsen   (6-71706b69677042646b71306d7730666d)
Saved on the 11-05-2023

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