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Course content

This course is an intermediate to advanced level molecular biology course that covers all aspects of molecular biology, in particular structure of genomes, their expression and maintenance, and how gene expression pathways are regulated. It is required for students that plan to work with DNA, RNA, and genomes in more advanced courses and/or master projects.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you

  • know about major methods used in molecular biology
  • have an overview over the sequence elements present in genomes, including their function
  • understand how genomes are replicated and how damage to genomes is repaired
  • are able to explain how genomes are expressed and how gene expression can be regulated
  • understand the processes whereby DNA sequences can move and recombine within genomes


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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

Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MBV2010 – Molecular biology (continued)


  • 56 hours lectures
  • 16 hours tutorials

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for valid absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture.


  • 1 hour written midterm exam that counts 20% towards the final mark
  • 3 hours written final exam that counts 80% towards the final mark

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

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

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

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.

You have three chances to attend the exam. Number of exam attempts are transferded between this course and  MBV2010 – Molecular biology (continued).

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 spring

The course is offered for the first time spring 2019.


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)