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Course content

The course covers the structures of genomes, their expression, replication, and maintenance.

Learning outcome

After the course you should understand:

  • how genomes are analyzed including mapping, sequencing and identification of sequence elements like, for example, genes and repeated sequences.

  • bacterial and eukaryotic expression of genomes and its regulation in transcription and translation.

  • replication of genomes and its regulation in pro-and eukaryotes.

  • damage to genomes and repair mechanisms.

  • recombination of DNA sequences and molecular biology of transposition.


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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

Basic courses in cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry.

MBV1010 – Cell biology and genetics (discontinued), MBV1030 – General biochemistry (discontinued)


Lectures (54 hours) and colloquia every other week (16 hours). Teaching is coordinated with teaching in the laboratory course MBV2020 – Laboratory course (discontinued) which students are advised to take in parallel.


Mid-term written exam, 1 hour, in March, (counts 20%). Allowed examination aids: None. Students with valid grounds for absence, sickness, shall be offered a deferred examination within approximately 3 weeks after the mid-term exam.

Final written exam in June, 3 hours (counts 80%). Allowed examination aids: None. Letter grades (A-F).

This subject offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. More information about new examination can be found on the faculty's site.

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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Every spring


Every spring

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