Online course: 

Bacterial Biofilms and Their Role in Chronic Infections

The focus of this online course is to provide the participants with a basic understanding of bacterial biofilms and of the health care problems related to infections involving bacterial biofilms. The participants will learn to describe and explain the basis for biofilms in chronic infections and to recognize relevant biofilm model system and interpret results thereof.

Learning objectives:

The objective of the course is to provide the participants with knowledge of the fundamental understanding of biofilm and where to find it.

The participants will learn how to:

  • recognize, and distinguish biofilms from planktonic bacteria both in nature and in medical related situations

  • illustrate and examine health care problems caused by infections involving bacterial biofilms

  • explain and analyze the consequences of biofilms in chronic infections

  • recognize and design relevant biofilm model system and interpret their results

  • design and develop their own biofilm model including strategies for future research 


MSc students, PhD students and professionals with a microbiological background.
Please see the admission criteria.




Students must complete at least 75% of the E-modules to qualify for the final exam.
The exam will be a written 72 hour examination conducted via the Internet (estimated workload 3 hours).




Start date: September 2020
End date: November 2020


This is an online course, which means the students can follow the course from anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to the Internet.
Read more about our online teaching methods.

Course director

Professor Thomas Bjarnsholt
Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen