This course is replaced by BIOS5610.

MBV4120 – Eukaryotic Genes and Genomes

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

The course gives a comparative introduction on the size, structure and organisation of eukaryotic genes and genomes, and put an emphasis on the functional significance of a genomes organisation and chromatin-structure.

Learning outcome

After completing this course your competence is expected to include (with focus on the genomes of humans and important model-organisms):

  • To be able to give an account for the complexity, size and composition of eukaryotic genomes.
  • Knowledge of the content of eukaryotic genomes, such as unique and repeated sequences, mobile elements and coding- and non-coding DNA.
  • To know the principles of different levels and types of gene-regulation, and to understand the importance of chromatin modification and small non-coding RNA for epigenetic regulation.
  • To be able to give an account for different types of rearrangement and modification of DNA and RNA.
  • To know the main principles and mechanisms for genetic manipulation of eukaryotic genomes and to be able to make an account for how genetic methodology in model organisms is used in molecular biology research.

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.

The courses MBV4120 and MBV9120 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

  1. PhD candidates and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
  2. Other PhD candidates and visiting PhD candidates.
  3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students
  4. Applicants are ranked by credits in each group; all applicants within 1st rank before applicants in 2nd etc. If admission is limited to a fixed number of participants, admission will be decided by drawing lots for students who are ranked equally

Bachelor grade in molecular biology/biochemistry and/or admission to Master degree in molecular biology/biochemistry/physiology or equivalent background. In addition the course MBV3020 – Molecular genetics and developmental biology (discontinued) is recommended.

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures

  • Group work. All teaching is mandatory. Each group should give at least one oral presentation on a selected topic.


  • ​ Final 3 hour written exam. Presented group work  is a prerequisite to pass the final exam. 

The final grade is given after a total evaluation of the group work and the final 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. 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: MBV9120 – Eukaryotic Genes and Genomes (continued).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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) Nov. 27, 2020 1:15:43 AM

Facts about this course


The course is last held spring 2020


Examination is last held spring 2022

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)

The course will be offered as the code BIOS5610 from spring term 2021