MBV9120 – Eukaryotic Genes and Genomes

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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 will give a presentation of eukaryote genes and genomes with focus on the human genome and genomes of model organisms. The course will concentrate on gene structure, chromatin structure and genomic complexity; different levels and categories of gene regulation and the significance of non-coding RNA.

Learning outcome

The course will give you and understanding of gene and genome organization in different (model) organisms and gene regulation at different levels.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline

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

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to a PhD program

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) or equivalent knowledge is recommended.

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures
  • Group work.  Each group should give at least one oral presentation on a selected topic.


  •  A final 3 hours  written exam. Presented group work  is a prerequisite to qualify for  the final exam. A written assignment must be approved to qualify for 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: MBV4120 – Eukaryotic Genes and Genomes.

Examination support material

No examinatin support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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. 26, 2020 5:14:00 PM

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 BIOS9610 from spring term 2021