BIOS4030 – Laboratory Methods in Cellular Biology

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course will cover a range of methods used in molecular cell biology, including classical histology, immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy, live-cell imaging, electron microscopy, cell culture and electrophysiology. A number of prominently used model systems will be described, including in vitro mammalian cells, Arabidopsis-plant cells, yeast, Drosophila, the Nematode-C.elegans, Zebrafish and mouse. The practicals will involve demonstrations in a number of the topics/systems covered in the lectures. Each student then has the opportunity to select two of the topics covered in the demonstrations for intensive, three full-day practicals (each topic) in small groups towards the end of the course.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you are expected to have :

  • insight into the most extensively used laboratory methods in experimental cell biology.
  • knowledge about the most popular experimental model systems that are used to answer research questions about cell and tissue structure and function.
  • learned to master scientific communication trained by an expert.

You will also be given an intensive exposure to the topic of human histology, given by a trained pathologist.

There is also an emphasis in the course on career development.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

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

Formal prerequisite knowledge

HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety

BIOS3700 – Cell Biology 2

Overlapping courses


The course consists of

  • lectures

  • laboratory work with common used methods in experimental cell biology

The course is taught as an intensive course over 5 weeks, where participation in the teaching is compulsory. There is a requirement of 80% attendance .

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

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student. 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.


  • Multiple choice exam in histology that must be passed with more than 40% to take the final oral exam.

  • Oral exam at the end of the course that consists of 15 minutes presentation over a given topic related to the course content in cell biology. Counts for 100%

All compulsory teaching must be approved in order to take the exam. 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: MBV4030 – Laboratory methods in cellular biology (continued).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may have your presentation for the exam in Norwegian or English

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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 

New examinations are offered 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. 1, 2020 5:25:35 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)