Selected Topics in Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry (BIO904)

The course gives phd-students an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into biological and molecular biology subjects related to their own PhD projects. The curriculum is set to match the research area of the PhD project together with the candidates supervisors and course leader.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start

Spring, Autumn

Number of semesters


Exam semester

Spring, Autumn

Language of instruction



Relevant lectures / courses / seminars / conferences are put together to cover topics that harmonize with the chosen PhD thesis and course syllabus. Current molecular biological techniques and relevant topics can be taught at UiS or other institutions provided it is approved in the syllabus by the course leader. PhD seminars where fellow students present their research are offered annually and an active participation with a presentation on the subject of the syllabus is a forum approved for the course's requirement of two presentations. At IKBM, there is expertise in topics such as: enzyme kinetics, cell signaling, post-translational regulatory mechanisms in cells, chloroplast development, mitochondrial dynamics / regulations, cancer metabolism, biological rhythms, ecotoxicology and zoonoses.

Learning outcome

  • Good knowledge of experimental methods used in their research field, as well as an overview of the most important analyzes used in their field. Good understanding of the advantages and challenges of applying different methods and analyzes within their field.
  • Detailed knowledge of the chosen topic in the syllabus and current methods that can be used to shed light on questions related to the topic.
  • Be able to perform literature reviews and describe learning objectives, as well as present own and previously published research results to an audience.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Master in Biological Chemistry/Molecular biology/Medicine/Biology or equivalent.


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral Examination 1/1 Passed / Not Passed None permitted

Coursework requirements

2 presentations
Three oral presentations (one with own poster) for fellow researchers/colleagues with reference to the chosen curriculum. Two presentations must be approved before you can sit the oral exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Daniela Maria Pampanin

Head of Department:

Ingunn Westvik Jolma

Course coordinator:

Hanne Røland Hagland

Method of work

Selfstudy with litterature summaries for chosen topics in the curriculum.

Participation in courses/seminars/workshops/conferences (can also be digital)

Written description of completed curriculum with reference to learning objectives and litterature references/course diplomas/participation diplomas etc.

Open for

Technology and Natural Science - PhD programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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