This course is replaced by BIOS2910.

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

This is an intermediate-to-advanced level molecular biology course, which focuses on structure and maintenance of genomes, as well as gene expression. It is required for students who plan to work with DNA, RNA, and genomes in more advanced courses and/or master projects.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will:

  • have a grasp of major methods used in molecular biology
  • become familiar with principles of genomic organization and dynamics
  • understand how the genetic information is stored and expressed
  • know major mechanism of gene regulation

Admission to the course

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.

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

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture. This also applies to those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course unless notice is given to the student administration before the first lecture. 

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


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

Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam. 

Exam attempts 

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. 23, 2021 1:19:45 AM

Facts about this course


The course is last held spring 2021


Examination is last held spring 2023

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)