MF9120BTS – 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 2019 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.


Enrollment to this course is automatically registered in StudentWeb. Applicants will be notified immediately if their application to the course is granted, if the course is full or if the candidate does not meet the formal prerequisite knowledge for admission. Applicants will be put on a waiting list if the course is full. The maximum number of participant is 40.

PhD students from other universities or university colleges that would like to take the course as a part of their theoretical syllabus for the PhD degree must coordinate with their local administration for approval of the course. The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.

PhD candidates admitted to a PhD programme at UiO apply in StudentWeb

Applicants who are not admitted to a PhD programme at UiO must apply for a right to study in SøknadsWeb before they can apply for PhD courses in medicine and health sciences. External applicants should apply for a right to study minimum 3 weeks before the course application deadline. 


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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

Overlapping courses



The course is given as a two-weeks intensive course with 60 hours of lectures as well as a poster session where all participants are expected to present a poster. In addition, preparations, reading of selected reviews, preparation of own poster and journal (see below) with summaries of 75% of the talks + evaluation of 2 posters are stipulated to amount to 75 to 90 hours.

The course consists of a series of lectures and a poster session. 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 poster session 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, participate and present during the student poster session and write a journal covering a summary of 75% of the course lectures in addition to an evaluation of two posters (not including your own poster). The journal shall consist of daily summaries of and comments to the lectures as well as an evaluation of two of the presented posters and will be reviewed and evaluated. Participation at the lectures, the student poster session and the journal are together basis for the evaluation of the students.

Participation at the lectures, presenting a poster at the student poster session and writing a journal, are all mandatory and part of the exam


Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

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.

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.

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How to apply

Registration type

Automatic reply in StudentWeb


Autumn 2020

Dates to be announced in May 2020

Application period

1.6. - 1.10.2020



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