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FRM9905 – NFIF-Molecular Microbiology in Pathogenesis and Evolution

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

Molecular microbiology in pathogenesis and evolution is an advanced level course within medical and pharmaceutical molecular microbiology. The course will give an overview in recent breakthroughs and advances in the field of molecular microbiology, with a special emphasis on microbial pathogenesis and links to microbial evolution and antimicrobial resistance, also including selected topics within microbial epidemiology, host-pathogen interactions, and microbial communities. The course will be particularly focused toward human and animal disease aspects, and lectures/teaching activities will be given by active researchers in the field, presenting studies described in recent peer-reviewed literature.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should:

  • Have an indebt understanding of the molecular mechanisms that drives microbial evolution within pathogenesis and host immunity.
  • Have an indebt understanding of development of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Have a broad understanding of the development of new antimicrobial therapies
  • Have an understanding of social challenges associated with intake of antimicrobials.
  • Be able to write a research grant proposal
  • Be able to communicate results written and orally to a broader audience

Admission to the course

PhD students within the Norwegian PhD School in Pharmacy, open to non-NFIF PhD students or researchers, but if the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, PhD students who are members of the Norwegian School of Pharmacy and the Norwegian Research School in General Practice will have priority.

PhD candidates who are admitted to other education institutions than UiO must at the same time apply for visiting status. They must submit the same documentation as regular visiting status applicants, but the application and documentation is to be sent by e-mail to The School of Pharmacy, and not to the Faculty point of contact. Applicants must be able to present original documentation on request.


The course is centered on a one week obligatory session held in Oslo.The week will include lectures by local, national and foreign invited speakers within the topic of molecular microbiology. Within the week the attendees will give an obligatory short presentation on their own research project. Prior to this course week the students will receive course material, and will from a set of selected publications be expected to discuss the research article. Discussion groups between students and lecturers will be established. Attendance is obligatory. Course literature will be pre-selected and accessible to course participants in due time prior to the course.

Obligatory activities:

One week course in Oslo which includes

  • 21 lectures
  • short presentation on your own research project
  • student - lecture discussion groups


Each student will be evaluated by two obligatory written assignments based on the course theme and literature in addition their active participation during the course. The student will be given a pre-assignment to write a 4 page sketch research grant proposal in English that they will expected to present during the one week course in Oslo. The last day of the course they will be presented a second obligatory assignment to write a 4 page popular science communication within the topic of molecular microbiology for a more general audience e.g. Apollon,, NBS-nytt, an article the students are expected to submit. The article shall be based on one (or several coherent) topics presented by the lecturers. The article can be in Norwegian or English.

Evaluation of:

  • 2 written assignments; one pre and one post assignment
  • 1 presentation of the pre-assignment

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 24, 2020 3:10:57 PM

Facts about this course


The course is held irregularly. It is uncertain when the course will be held next time.

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