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Biochemistry (Nutrition and Health)

About the course

Biochemistry is about the chemistry that is part of all life processes, and thus happens in all living tissue. Understanding biochemistry is essential to gain a deeper understanding, regarding many of the physiological processes taking place in plants and animals (including humans 😊).

Practical information

ESU and GNH-students

Minimum 12, maximum 32.

University College Copenhagen
Campus Nørrebro
Sigurdsgade 26
DK-2200 København N

Four hours written test with all aids. Rated on the 7-point grading scale.


Registration for the elective module is open in week 12+13 for the autumn semester and in week 42+43 for the spring semester.

Registration (available October 18 at 9.00 am)

Information and timetable in English


Understanding basic biochemical processes: Chemical structures of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and RNA/DNA, Enzymes and enzyme regulation, membrane and membrane function.

Metabolic pathways of different macronutrients: glycolysis, anaerobic respiration, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, pentose phosphate pathway, gluconeogenesis, lipid metabolism, amino acid metabolism

Laboratory course: Making some experiments and hand in a lab rapport 😊.

Learning outcomes

The course will provide an introduction to general biochemical processes. In addition, there will be extra focus on the metabolism of macronutrients in the human organism. The consequences of the biochemical processes will be related to their physiological response.

After completing the course, the student will have acquired competences in theoretical and practical biochemistry for use in nutrition and health.

Learning methods

We will be using Videos, study questions, work with the topics in the class, Power point slides, using white/black board.

Practical work in the laboratory


The laboratory course, which is compulsory in order to be admitted to the master’s programme Human or Clinical nutrition, will probably start one week before the normal start time for the electives (i.e. week 5 or week 34).

Short video presentation

Biochemistry med Michael Kristensen


Michael Kristensen


+45 24 29 63 77