Principal Subject in Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology

Course content

The course discusses topics relating to the molecular mechanisms that regulate cellular and immunological processes in humans and animals, with a focus on model organisms such as Drosophila and mammalian systems. Topics range from molecular mechanisms of cell functions to molecular aspects of innate and adaptive immune system processes. Each block is devoted to a series of topics, where journal articles that illustrate important literature and current development of new insight into the subject have been selected. During each teaching session, articles are presented by students, and the other students will prepare questions for the points in the papers they want discussed. A significant amount of time is used for an in-depth, student driven, discussion of articles and development of peer-reviewing skills. Therefore, in addition to training and feedback of presentation skills, students acquire training in critical thinking and writing of referee reports of research articles or manuscripts.


MSc Programme in Biochemistry

Learning outcome

Through the peer-reviewing process, students will engage in critical thinking with other students and receive feedback on their arguments, training the ability to critically review research articles or manuscripts.  

The student will have obtained knowledge of specific research areas including different experimental and theoretical approaches.

Based on original research literature, the student will be able to explain, evaluate and critically analyze the results, the methods used and the conclusions drawn and compare with other relevant literature. In addition, they will be able to present and explain the background literature for peers.

The student can demonstrate a capacity to critically understand original scientific research papers dealing with subjects in molecular microbiology, including knowledge and understanding of the specific problem to be analyzed, the experimental set-up, the methods employed, the experimental results and the conclusions drawn from these, and discuss this understanding with fellow students under the guidance of the teacher.

In this phase the students shall primarily have learned to
1) appreciate the efforts of scientists without a priory opinion of the scientific subject of the paper
2) demonstrate the ability to ask questions of procedures and conclusions and
3) to individually prepare referee reports of research manuscripts and review referee reports prepared by fellow students.

The student will be capable of understanding the basis for specific conclusions in a field and will therefore understand the consequences of technical or experimental future developments when they occur.

Project work, Colloquia. Individual assignments include preparation of referee reports of research manuscripts and review in groups of referee reports prepared by fellow students.

See Absalon.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Type of assessment details
During the exam the students must produce a referee report of a research paper (manuscript) not known to the students beforehand.

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)
Exam registration requirements

To be allowed to the final exam the student must fulfill the following requirements:

1) the student has satisfactorily presented at least one seminar to fellow students during the course
2) has participated actively with relevant questions/comments in at least 80% of the sessions
3) has individually prepared referee reports and participated in peer reviewing of referee reports.

Written aids allowed

Books and notes.

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

The same as the ordinary exam.

If the student has not fulfilled the requirements for presentation of at least two seminars, the student can present a seminar of 45 minutes in a subject decided by the teacher.

If the student has not fulfilled the requirements for active participation in at least 80% of the sessions or have not prepared the required number of referee reports and peer reviews the student must take the course again next year.

Criteria for exam assessment

1) See 'Learning Outcome'

2) Active participation. See 'Type of assessment'.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 48
  • Preparation
  • 348
  • Study Groups
  • 12
  • Exam
  • 4
  • English
  • 412


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master

2 blocks

16 weeks
Block 1 And Block 2
B1 And D
Block 1: B1

Block 2: D
(The course in block 2 might also be held in C2, but will not overlap or interfere with other elective courses in C2 such as Molecular Neurobiology).
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
  • Kim Rewitz   (10-767478397d7082747f854b6d747a397680396f76)
Saved on the 26-01-2024

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