KJM9330 – Soft Matter Nanobiotechnology

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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

This course aims to teach the physicochemical properties of biological soft materials e.g. biomembranes, microtubules, DNA etc., combined with state-of-the art laboratory techniques such as micro fluidics, micro - and nano fabrication, confocal and TIRF microscopy for formation and characterization of these materials.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you shall have the following competence:

  • Fundamental understanding of biological soft materials and soft matter in general : definition, characteristic features and applications.
  • Hands on experience in state-of-the-art technologies for the formation and characterization of biological soft matter e.g. microfluidics, micro - and nanofabrication, confocal and TIRF microscopy.
  • Academic writing: the ability to write a detailed report on the foundation and results of your laboratory experiments, in scientific manuscript structure and quality.
  • Communication & dissemination of scientific results: the ability to present your findings to your class in a scientific conference presentation format.

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 course has a total of 24 places, for both master's students and PhD candidates.

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes 42 hours of lectures and 20 hours of mandatory laboratory exercises. Attendance at all laboratory exercises is mandatory. The laboratory exercises must be completed and approved the same semester as the final exam.

Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory. You will not be permitted to take the course if notice of valid absence is not given to the reception at the Department of Chemistry prior to the start of the first lecture

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


The examination includes a written report which counts 70% towards the final grade and an oral presentation which counts 30% towards the final grade.

The written report must not exceed 5 pages.

The mandatory laboratory exercises must be completed and approved before you can sit the final exam.

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: KJM5330 – Soft Matter Nanobiotechnology

Examination support material

Access to all material is allowed. The students are further allowed to discuss with their class mates, but need to write the report and present it, individually.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 3:16:43 PM

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