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Course content

This course will give you an understanding of how properties of biological systems are determined by basic physical laws, and an introduction to physical models for molecular and cellular processes.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you will be familiar with a number of processes both on a cellular and organism level where physics increases insight. Examples could be diffusion and active transport, entropic forces and cooperative transitions, excitable cells and how cells move.
  • You will be able to do calculation on physical models for molecular and cellular processes.
  • You will be able to peruse and obtain knowledge from textbooks on biological physics and science articles.
  • You will be able to explain connections between physics, chemistry and biology in the natural Sciences.


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge



4 hours of organized teaching per week through the semester.

The teaching will be a mixture of lectures, colloquias, problem solving, teamwork, small and large projects and laboratory exercises.

All compulsory tasks must be completed and approved to be eligible for exam.

There will be 4 compulsory projects consisting of laboratory and numerical problems.

The course may (in case of few students) alternatively be offered as a self-study with limited guidance, that is, no ordinary lectures.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Active participation in all of the compulsory tasks (including writing a lab journal and/or  oral presentation where required) must be completed and approved to be eligible for exam.

Oral exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for lectures to take place. 


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)