Postgraduate course

Tumour Biology

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

Provide knowledge about fundamental processes leading to cancer development, how cancer cells differ from their normal counterparts, molecular peculiarities of cancer cells leading to their successful survival in the body, and the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer therapy.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:


  • Define central concepts within tumor biology.
  • Describe the mechanisms transforming a normal cell to a cancer cell.

Skills and competences

  • Explain how ordinary cancer treatment works on a cellular/molecular level, and why the effects of such therapies tend to decrease over time.

Required Previous Knowledge

Biology, molecular biology or equivalent on bachelor level, preferably completed with a degree.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Approximately 20 hours of lectures over an approximate 4 week period. 

Forms of Assessment

4 hour written exam.

Grading Scale


Subject Overlap

HUCEL370 (3 ECTS), HUCEL372 (7 ECTS)

Reading List

The reading list is available at uib.no. The list will be published by 01.06. / 01.12. for the upcoming semester.

Course Evaluation

Written evaluation on My UiB/Mitt UiB.


Contact Information

Department of Biomedicine


(+47) 55 58 64 39 / 55 58 64 40

Course coordinator: Rolf Bjerkvig, http://uib.no/persons/Rolf.Bjerkvig

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Skoleeksamen

    03.05.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam