MEDFL5120BTS – Molecular medicine (national course)

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Course content

The aim of this course is to provide a good overview of selected topics in molecular medicine that are relevant to understanding disease mechanisms and development, aspects of translational medicine and the future of diagnostics and targeted therapies integrated to stratified, tailored and personalized medicine.

Topics to be covered in the 2014 course are: Disease mechanisms and development, animal models of disease, biobanks, health registries and biomarker discovery, drug targeting and pharmacology, structure-based understanding of disease and drug targeting, tailored and personalized medicine as well as advanced cell-based therapies.

Learning outcome

National and international experts in the field that will give updated overviews of state-of-the-art and emerging trends will give all lectures. It is anticipated that students in the basic science area will receive insights into the translational and clinical aspects of science and conversely that students in clinical medicine will have the opportunity to gain new insights into molecular mechanisms, disease models and preclinical work.


The course is restricted to students at the Medical Student Research Programme at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, UiO.

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The courses MEDFL5120BTS and MF9120BTS have common admission.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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


The course is given as a two-weeks intensive course with 60 hours of lectures, demonstrations and student presentations. In addition, preparations, reading of selected reviews, preparation of own presentation, and journal (see below) with summaries of all talks are stipulated to amount to 75 to 90 hours.

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 of and comments to the lectures held during the course. The lectures, the student’s seminars and the journal are mandatory.

Most of the topics are presented in a way that the first lecture introduces the field from the basic science point of view followed by a lecture that focuses on more clinical relevant aspects of the same topic. We also include some lectures that cover modern techniques and approaches in translational medicine.


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 of and comments to the lectures and will be reviewed and evaluated. 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.

An external auditor regularly evaluates the academic quality of the course, including the form of exam used on the course.

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

Students may apply for access to alternative exam resources or exam forms on the basis of chronic illness and/or special needs that create a marked disadvantage to other students in the exam situation. More info about this you find here


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


The Molecular Medicine Course is a national research-training course for post-graduate students, given by the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM) and administered by the Faculty of Medicine. The course is held at NCMM and adjoining space in Oslo Research Park.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018

12.11.- 23.11.

Application period

1.6. - 15.10.


Every autumn

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