MBV4010 – Methods in molecular biology and biochemistry I

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Course content

MBV4010 is an introductory course to the master program in Molecular Biosciences. The main focus of MBV4010 is recombinant DNA technology and its applications. The course consists of practical laboratory exercises, computer exercises and lectures.

Learning outcome

After completing the course we expect your competence to include the following:

  • master various methods for gene cloning
  • master various methods for mutagenizing DNA
  • master bioinformatics tools for managing and analyzing DNA and protein sequences
  • know methods for analysis of gene expression


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor degress that includes basic knowledge of molecular biology.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIOS4010 – Methods in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry I


Lectures, seminares, laboratory work, PC work. All teaching is compulsory during 5 weeks at the start of the autumn semester.


Three hours final written exam one week after the end of the course.

The laboratory reports and the other written assignments must be approved in order for the students to be eligible for the final exam.

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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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: BIOS4010 – Methods in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry I

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

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