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MCB Advanced Textbook

Vak 2011-2012

Admission requirements

Successfully finalized a research project.


To deepen the knowledge of and insights in one of the research fields mentioned below, by studying given chapters from one of the text books mentioned below:

  • Molecular Cell Biology, Prof. dr. H.P. Spaink, Dr. A.H. Meijer, Dr. E. Snaar, Dr. M.J.M. Schaaf
    Book: Molecular biology of The Cell (Alberts, Edition 5)

  • Molecular Genetics, Prof. dr. P.J.J. Hooykaas:
    Book: Genes X (Lewin)

  • Molecular Microbiology, Dr. A. Ram, Dr. D. Claessen
    Book: Brock Biology of Microorganisms, (Madigan et al. 12th edition)

  • Plant Developmental Genetics, Dr. R. Offringa
    Book: Plant Biology, Smith, 2010

  • Plant Cell Physiology, Prof. J. Memelink, Dr. H. Linthorst
    Book: Plant Physiology (Tiaz and Zieger, 5th edition)

An alternative book on a different field may be selected, but has to be approved by one of the MCB staff, or by another qualified (external) examiner.

Learning goals

Course objectives:
To obtain detailed knowledge on a selected research field, and to test whether a student is able to master detailed information in a limited time (4 weeks).

Final qualifications:
An advanced MSc student with MCB research experience and detailed knowledge on a selected MCB research field.


At any moment (see registration)

Mode of instruction

Guided self study

Assessment method

Oral examination with one of the examiners indicated above.


Details are provided on Black board

Reading list

See above, details are provided on Black board


Make an appointment with the appropriate MCB staff member or an other qualified (external) examiner, at least 4 weeks in advance.

Also register via USIS

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.

Contact information

Dr. R. Offringa, email: