Cell and Developmental Biology

Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 30 500 SEK
First payment: 30 500 SEK

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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).

Prerequisites and selection


Completed basic courses in biology comprising 60 credits in the subject areas of cell biology, molecular genetics, evolution, botanical and zoological physiology, ecology and biodiversity and systematics, or equivalent, of which at least 45 credits must be approved. 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. The lab classes take place at Lundberg Laboratory, Medicinaregatan 9C.