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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

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

Admission to the course

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

Special admission requirements

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).

BIOS1110 – Celle- og molekylærbiologi or MBV1010 – Cell biology and genetics (discontinued) and BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I or KJM1140 – Biochemistry 1 for Chemists

Overlapping courses


This course consists of

  • lectures

  • tutorials

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also for those on the waiting list. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you will lose your seat on the course if you have not informed the student administration prior to the first lecture.


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

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera. Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

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. It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MBV2010 – Molecular biology (continued).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. If the course is taught in English, the examination text will only be given in English. You may answer 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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 20, 2020 12:13:41 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)