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MCB Advanced Textbook


Admission requirements

A BSc in Biology or related subject (University or HLO), with a solid theoretical and practical training in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Microbiology, and sufficient knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics. Students have successfully finalized a research project.

Contact information

Coordinator: Dr. Remko Offringa


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

  • Molecular Cell Biology: Prof Herman Spaink, Dr. Annemarie Meijer, Dr. Eva Snaar, Dr. Marcel Schaaf
    Book: Molecular biology of The Cell (Alberts, Edition 5)

  • Molecular Genetics: Prof. Paul Hooykaas:
    Book: Genes X (Lewin)

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

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

  • Plant Cell Physiology: Prof. Johan Memelink, Dr. Huub 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.


Course details are provided at black board

Reading list

See above, details are provided at black board


via USIS

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

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