MF9120BTS – Molecular Medicine (national course)

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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 2022 course are: Disease mechanisms and development, animal models of disease, imaging disease, biobanks, health registries and biomarker discovery, structure-based drug discovery, tailored and personalized medicine, computational biology, advanced cell-based therapies, virology, immunology and neuroscience.

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 maximum number of participant is 30-35.

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.

How to apply:

  • PhD candidates admitted to a PhD programme at UiO:
  • Applicants who are not admitted to a PhD programme at UiO:

Reply to course application:

  • This course has registration type Automatic reply.
  • Applicants to a course with registration type automatic reply, will upon registration immediately receive a reply in StudentWeb as to whether the application is granted, the course is full, or if the applicant do not meet the formal prerequisite knowledge.


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. In addition, preparations, reading of selected reviews, with summaries of 80% of the talks are stipulated to amount to 75 to 90 hours.

The course consists of a series of lectures. 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 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 and write a journal covering a summary of 80% of the course lectures. The journal shall consist of daily summaries of and comments to the lectures. Participation at the lectures and the journal are together basis for the evaluation of the students.

Participation at the lectures 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

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 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

Every autumn

Teaching autumn 2022:  7.11. - 18.11.  Application period:  1.6.2022 - 1.10.2022  Maximum number of participant: 30-35.

Course registration:  See information on how to apply in the section "Admission" in the course description below.

Every autumn
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