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Molecular Biology

Course
Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
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Application code
GU-11061
Tuition
Full education cost: 29 750 SEK
First payment: 29 750 SEK
Application closed

Summary

The course in Molecular Biology covers gene regulation and protein dynamics with a focus on human diseases and provides valuable knowledge at an advanced level. This course gives you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that are relevant for continuing education.
You will also get broader translational skills in communication and processing information.

About

Molecular Biology is a course at the advanced level. The focus is a detailed understanding of gene regulation and protein dynamics with particular emphasis on human diseases.

Specific topics are:

  • Eukaryotic cell cycle
  • Intracellular regulation
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Molecular chaperones
  • Cancer cell biology
  • Meiosis

Examples are from mouse, yeast and mammalian cell models.

Laboratory classes are included in the course. Each student chooses a molecular biology topic for individual project work in the form of writing a scientific review article and giving a presentation at a mini symposium at the end of the course.

At the end of the course the students shall be able to

  • read and understand scientific literature
  • apply their scientific knowledge to new topics
  • present scientific literature to others
  • report and summarize scientific data
  • analyze experimental results
  • discuss current molecular biology research
  • critically analyse published results.

At the end of the lectures students should be able to describe/explain

  • the dynamic behaviour of the cytoskeleton and explain how this occurs
  • the importance of protein quality control for cellular health
  • the different families of molecular chaperones and their mechanisms of action
  • how cancer cells are motile and explain the involvement of the cytoskeleton
  • the cell biology of breast cancer
  • the cell cycle and its regulation with focus on chromosome segregation and checkpoints
  • the basic mechanisms for the major intracellular signaling pathways
  • the cellular regulation at the RNA level
  • the roll of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in cancer, the principles of cancer therapies and mechanisms of drug resistance
  • the molecular process of meiotic cell division in mammals
  • the hierarchical molecular process and function of meiotic homologous recombination
  • how telomere length is maintained
  • how the telomere is molecularly reconstituted during meiosis.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

Passed basic courses in Biology 75 credits (BIO900 Cell Biology, BIO905 Molecular Genetics, BIO910 Biological form and function, BIO915 Ecology and Evolution and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics). In addition you need at least one approved advanced level course in biology, 15 credits, in a relevant area. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

The course in Molecular Biology 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.

This course will give you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that are relevant for continuing education and finding a job in for example, the pharmaceutical industry, a higher education institute and numerous laboratory settings. You will also gain broader translational skills in communication and processing information.

Facilities

The course is given on Campus Medicinareberget.