Cell and Developmental Biology

Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 32 000 SEK
First payment: 32 000 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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The course Cell and Developmental Biology provides a conceptual framework to understand biological development ranging from the cellular level to the formation and integration of organs into a complete organism. The emphasis is on the mechanisms of development, illustrated using model organisms such as the nematode, fruit fly, mouse, Arabidopsis and explained in many instances down to the cellular and molecular levels.

Practical laboratory work may include:

  • a study of plant cell differentiation and the action of plant hormones
  • a cell culture lab
  • examining C. elegans development mutants.

Student presentation of selected primary research articles highlight recent methods and advances in the field. The course consists of two sub-courses: Cell Biology (7.5 credits) and Developmental Biology (7.5 credits).

This course is taught in English.

Prerequisites and selection


Admission to the course requires: Passed basic courses in the subject areas of cell biology and molecular genetics and evolution comprising 30 credits. Completed basic courses in botanical and zoological physiology, ecology and biodiversity and systematics covering 30 credits, or equivalent.  English proficiency is required to the level of English 6/ English Course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School, or be certified by an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.  


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

This is a course in biology at the Bachelor's level. The course can be included in the following programmes:

  • Bachelor's programme in Molecular Biology
  • Bachelor's programme in Biology
  • Master's programme in Molecular Biology
  • Master's programme in Biology
  • Master's programme in Genomics and Systems Biology.

The course can also be applied for as a stand-alone course.

Knowledge of cell biology and developmental biology are fundamental and essential if you want to work in biomedical research, drug development, or teach biology. Our alumni mostly work in a research environment, either at universities, in the health care sector, or in private biotech or pharmaceutical companies.


The course is given on Campus Medicinareberget.

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