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Course content

The course provides an overview of physiological functions in humans and other mammals. The course provides an understanding of how the human body functions, and forms the foundation of our understanding of biomedical disciplines.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • can explain how the term homeostasis and provide examples from various organ systems on how homeostasis is maintained
  • can explain the way organ and organ systems work
  • can describe the construction of the human body to the extent it is needed to explain how it works
  • know the physiological terminology
  • can conduct experiments on organs as well as other laboratory experiments, and analyse and assess the results in the form of a lab journal
  • can use simulations of physiological processes


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

BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I (Biochemistry I)

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MBV3050 – Human physiology (continued)


The course consists of

  • 50 hours of lectures
  • 18 hours of seminars
  • 15 hours of lab sessions

Attendance is mandatory for the lab sessions and seminars. Approved mandatory assignments and activity are valid for 3 years.

The language of instruction is English, but some seminars and lab sessions may be held in Norwegian if only Norwegian speaking students are present.

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.

Students should consider buying a personal travel and personal injury insurance as the course contains lab and/or field work. Click here for further information about student insurance.


  • Written digital midterm exam (counts 30% toward the final grade) 
  • Oral final exam (counts 70% toward final grade)

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.

Number of exam attempts are transferred between this course and MBV3050 - Human physiology

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

Første gang høsten 2019


Every autumn

The course is offered for the first time Autumn 2019

Teaching language