Cellular Biology and Physiology

Cell Biology and Physiology is a specialisation within the MSc Programme in Biology which leads to the English title: MSc in Biology with a specialisation in Cell Biology and Physiology.

Below you can read the competence profile and see an illustration of the structure of the specialisation.

On completion of the programme, an MSc in Biology with a specialisation in Cell Biology and Physiology has acquired the following:

Knowledge about:

  • The structure, organisation and function of cells.
  • The physiology of organs and whole organisms.
  • Subcellular structures, including organelles, membrane systems and the cytoskeletons.
  • Signal transduction systems (intra and intercellular) used to regulate cell development, growth, differentiation, motility and death as well as to regulate cell and tissue homeostasis during various physiological functions.

Skills to:

  • Choose and conduct experimental studies on cellular kinetics and physiological experiments.
  • Apply relevant methods specific to physiological evaluation.
  • Evaluate the applicability of cellular and physiological methods for specific model systems.

Competencies to:

  • Summarise the function of eukaryotic cells and cellular homeostasis.
  • Compare the strategies by which eukaryotic cells interact and communicate with the extracellular environment to regulate development, gene expression, differentiation and physiological activity.
  • Link cellular processes and regulatory mechanisms, including the competencies required to integrate the interactions between cells in the same organ and cells in different organs.
  • Integrate cellular and molecular mechanisms in cell-cell interaction and signal transduction with an overall understanding of the function and development of tissues and organs.
  • Relate the overall construction of the cell and the organ to understanding of multi-cellular animals, including humans.
  • Summarise the organism’s primary physiological systems, their normal function and response during homeostatic disturbances and in response to selected diseases.
  • Integrate knowledge into the description and analysis of important physiological and pathophysiological contexts in human beings.

Programme structure for the specialisation in Cell Biology and Physiology:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3  Block 4
Year 1

Advanced Cell Biology Restricted elective course Cellular and Integrative Physiology Elective course
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Elective course
Year 2 Thesis

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.