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MBI-3004 The biology of cancer - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for medisinsk biologi

Type of course

The course is an elective course for students accepted to the Master´s program in Biomedicine, but is also open for single course students who meet the admission requirements.

Course contents

The course discusses the nature of cancer including an introduction to cancer pathology and clinical aspects of cancer. Central topics: Tumor viruses, cellular oncogenes, growth factors and their receptors, signaling pathways relevant to cancer development, tumor suppressor genes, the control of the cell cycle and apoptosis, cell immortalization, multistep tumorigenesis, genome integrity and cancer development, angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis, tumor immunology and rational treatment of cancer.

Application deadline

Applicants from the Nordic countries: 1st of December.

Admission requirements

The course can be taken as a singular course by students with a Bachelor´s degree in Biomedicine or similar (180 ECTS).

Recommended prerequisites: Basic knowledge at University Bachelor level in cell and molecular biology and genetics.

Application code (nordic applicants): 9371

The minimum average grade requirement is:

Objective of the course

After the course the student should be able to:



General proficiency:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course will consist of lectures, seminars, micro-lectures, group work and a laboratory exercise.