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SK2513 Cell Culture: Theory and Practice 4.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2513 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Cell culture laboratory: equipment, appliances, consumables. Cell culture methods. Media and solutions. Contamination of cell cultures. Cell viability tests. Good cell culture practice. Ethical and sustainability issues related to the cell culture.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • independently subculture an animal cell line 
  • describe the equipment, appliances, and consumables needed for cell culture
  • account for the different aspects of good cell culture practice
  • perform calculations necessary for a cell line propagation and for preparation of stock solutions

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

For single courses students, 120 hp is required in engineering and natural sciences or equivalent, as well as knowledge of English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

SK2530 (Introduction to Biomedicine) or SK2531 (Biomedicine for Engineers) is recommended, but is not a requirement.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory experiments, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Laboratory exercises (LAB1 2,0 credits, grade: P)

Written exam (TEN1 2,0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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