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Postgraduate course

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course content reflects the highly diverse and interdisciplinary nature of Neuroscience with a series of seminars and laboratory demonstrations that cover cellular neurophysiology, neurochemistry and molecular neuroscience, as well as an overview of the structure, function and dysfunction of the central nervous system.

The student will gain necessary intellectual tools to understand and appreciate the complexities of the nervous system at the molecular and cellular level.

This course is designed as an introductory course at the Master's level, with the expectation that the student has a Bachelor's degree in the biological or physical sciences, but previous knowledge of neuroscience is not a prerequisite. Topics include: neurons as excitable cells, synaptic transmission, neurotransmitter systems, molecular and cellular basis for behavior, emotion, memory and sleep, sensory systems and functional anatomy and imaging of the nervous system.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student can:


  • Display in-depth knowledge of the structure and function of the nervous system at a cellular and systems level
  • Identify and describe the molecular and cellular properties of neurons that give rise to their ability to communicate via electrical and chemical signals
  • Understand the most important neurotransmitter systems and receptors in the nervous system
  • Critically evaluate commonly used methods in neuroscience and understand the theory behind these techniques


Develop hypotheses and critically analyze methods and results in Neuroscience



  • Interpret and discuss findings related to scientific experiments and literature in the field of neuroscience
  • Discuss the integration of molecular, cellular and biophysical processes that contribute to the function of neurons and neural systems responsible for behavior
  • Apply theories of molecular and cellular neuroscience to experimental investigations

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor´s degree in biology, Molecular biology, Biomedicine, Physiology comparable degree

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge of molecular and cellular biology and cellular physiology. Basic knowledge of physics and chemistry.

Access to the Course

Students accepted to the Master's program in Biomedicine at the University of Bergen have full access to the course. Other Masters students at the University of Bergen or exchange students who fulfil the pre-requirements have access to the course after obtaining permission from the course supervisor.

The minimum amount of students on the course is 4 and the maximum amount of students is 15. If more than 15 students sign up for the course, the biomedicine students will have priority.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Approximately 32 hours of seminars over an approximate 8-10 week period

Four laboratory demonstrations (4 hours each)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Laboratory demonstrations are mandatory. The lab reports are graded pass/fail and you have to pass them to go on to the exam

Forms of Assessment

4 hour written exam (digital).

Grading Scale


Subject Overlap


Course Evaluation

Written evaluation using electronic/digital evaluation tool.


Department of Biomedicine

Course coordinator:
Meg Veruki, https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Meg.Veruki

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.

  • Type of assessment: Skoleeksamen

    11.05.2022, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam