This course is discontinued

MBV9100BTS – Molecular Biology Research Course

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Course content

The course aims at giving the students an introduction to current topics in molecular biological research. The course also aims at presenting a variety of research techniques and their applications.

Learning outcome

The course provides students with insight into ongoing research in molecular biology, and information about a variety of research techniques and their applications within this field.


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.

ph.d.-students from other universities or university colleges that would like to take the course as a part of their theoretical syllabus for the Ph.D. degree must apply for the status as a visiting ph.d student


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Master of Science, M.D. or admission to the Faculty of Medicines Medical Student Research Program (Forskerlinjen).

Overlapping courses

8 credits overlap with MF9110BTS – Molecular Biology Research Course (discontinued)


The course is given as a two-weeks intensive course, usually starting in the beginning of October.

The course consists of a series of lectures and student seminars. In addition the students are required to write a daily journal: Here the students are to write brief summaries and comments upon the lectures held during the course. The lectures, the student’s seminars and the journal are mandatory.


You have to participate at the lectures, give a presentation during the student seminar and write a journal during the whole course. The journal shall consist of daily summaries and comments upon the lectures. Participation at the lectures, the student presentation and the journal are together basis for the evaluation of the students.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

Withdrawal from an examination

You may sit for this exam up to 3 times. Participation at the lectures, giving a presentation at one of the student seminars and writing a journal, are all mandatory and part of the exam. If you wish to withdraw from the exam you must inform the administration at least two weeks prior to the last day of the course. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam.

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.


The Molecular Biology Research Course is a national research training course for post-graduate students, given by the Ph.D.-School of Molecular Medicine. The course is held at the Biotechnology Centre of Oslo (UiO).

For information about this course, contact Ragni Indahl:

Facts about this course






From 2012 this course is offered by the Faculty of Medicine as MF9110BTS

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