MEDFL5170 – Flow cytometry in medical research and diagnostics

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Course content

This is a fundamental course in flow cytometry for users who want to better understand this technology. Principles and applications will be taught.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, the students should understand how a flow cytometer works, and which parameters are important to consider to obtain optimal results. They will also obtain insight into some important applications and staining procedures, and learn how to set up experiments on their own.


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

Students apply in StudentWeb.

Enrollment to this course is automatically registered in StudentWeb. Applicants will be notified immediately if their application to the course is granted.

The courses MEDFL5170 and MF9170 have common admission.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Basic knowledge of cell biology is required.

Overlapping courses

3 credits overlap with MF9170 – Flow cytometry in medical research and diagnostics


The course is organized as full day teaching over 3 days and includes lectures and group exercises.

You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.


There will be a 90 minutes course exam at the end of the course. The exam will not be a multiple choice test.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

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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.

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






Spring and autumn

Course registration in


Registration type

Automatic reply in Studentweb


Autumn 2020

23.9. - 25.9.

Application period

18.6. - 25.8.

Note that due to COVID-19 changes may occur



Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Spring: English

Autumn: Norwegian