BIOS3920 – Research Literature in Cancer Biology

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 course will provide a thorough introduction to the molecular and cellular events involved in tumor formation, progression, and metastasis. This knowledge, obtained through basic research using biochemical, molecular, and genetic analysis, is the basis for the development of innovative therapy for cancer patients the link to which will also be described. A special focus of the class will be critical analysis and presentation of the primary scientific literature in cancer research to foster understanding of the strengths and limitations of various approaches that apply to all areas of biological research.

Learning outcome

  • Understand the main principles that are involved in cancer development
  • Grasp some of the key biochemical, molecular, cell biological, and genetic events that underlie these principles
  • Understand how this information can be translated to applications in the clinic
  • Gain skills to critically read and discuss the primary scientific literature and make formal presentations on these

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.

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.

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).

BIOS3600 – Genetics and Developmental Biology or equivalent knowledge is highly recommended.

BIOS2900 – Molecular Biology (continued)BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I, and BIOS1110 – Celle- og molekylærbiologi 

If you do not have the recommended prerequisites, contact the course teacher. 

Overlapping courses


The teaching is given as

  • Lectures

  • Seminars by experts in the field (75% mandatory)

  • Colloquia (mandatory)

  • Student presentations (mandatory)

  • Student assignments (Mandatory)

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

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 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.


  • Class participation: 10%
  • Assignment 1: 5%
  • Assignment 2: 10%
  • Paper presentation: 25%
  • Final written exam (4 hours): 50%

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: MBV3090 - Research Literature in Cancer Biology 

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian and English. You may submit your response 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

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 22, 2021 9:22:22 AM

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