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Postgraduate course

LIPIDS: molecular, cellular and biochemical properties in health and diseases

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (studie.bio@uib.no). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Objectives and Content


The course aims to deepen the knowledge acquired in basic lipid biochemistry and to further understand the properties of lipids at the chemical, molecular and biological levels that contribute to cellular function in health and diseases.


The course covers the following main areas: properties and function of membrane and intracellular lipids, the biochemical and biological significance of lipid-protein interactions, advanced lipid methodology and lipid-related diseases

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • can explain phospholipid biosynthetic and catabolic pathways
  • can explain methods of lipid analysis
  • can describe and understand how lipid assemble into membranes and accommodate for trans-membrane proteins
  • can explain lipid-protein interactions at membranes and their functions
  • can describe lipid modification of proteins chemically and functionally
  • can explain lipid-mediated signaling and its role in cellular processes
  • can describe different lipid-mediated diseases at the molecular level


The student

  • is able to apply new knowledge and principles to understand molecular mechanisms of normal cellular processes and lipid-related diseases
  • to participate and to report in a small team provided with question-based assignments

General competence

The student can demonstrate advanced knowledge in lipid biochemistry and is able to apply it in a wider biochemical and biological context

Required Previous Knowledge

 MOL100 and KJEM130 (or equivalent). The course is best suited for master studies, or at the 5th or 6th semester of the bachelor program.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, tutorials

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

1 obligatory written assignment which connects the course to current research. Mandatory activity is valid for five subsequent semesters. All obligatory activity must be approved before one can take the exam.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam 4 hours.

Examination support materials: None

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Contact Information

This course is administered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

Contact studie@bio.uib.no

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: Written examination

    06.12.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam