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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 2022-2023. 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

Continous assessment

Coursework requirements
2 presentations
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)

Three oral presentations (one with own poster) for fellow researchers/colleagues with reference to the chosen curriculum.

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
Usually by forms and/or discussion according to university regulations.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto