Principal Subject in Molecular Genetics 3

Course content

Third of 3 modules of project work on Molecular Genetics.
Students complete three modules of one subject-line by following three blocks.

The principal subject in molecular genetics deals with research that is based on phenotype/genotype relations in model organism and in humans, e.g. mutations that confer disease. Recent topics have been genome stability, cancer development, DNA replication and transcription regulation. The colloquia are based on original research articles presented by a student and followed by a discussion of the topic. The principal subject in molecular genetics provides the student with a solid base for doing molecular biology research with the inclusion of powerful genetic methodologies.


MSc Programme in Biochemistry

Learning outcome


The student will have obtained knowledge of specific research areas (differing from module to module and from block to block) including different experimental and theoretical approaches.


Based on original research literature, the student will be able to explain, evaluate and critically analyse the results, the methods used and the conclusions drawn and compare with other relevant literature. In addition, they will be able to present and explain the background literature for peers.


The student must demonstrate an ability to critically understand, explain and discuss the relevance and potential impact of a certain given research area in a written form, understandable to fellow students. The paper, produced within a fixed time-period, must contain an introduction to the problem, a discussion of scientific context, an outline of (dogmatic) prevailing viewpoints, major conflicts, presentation of results, and a judgement of value (quality). The emphasis should be on demonstrating understanding of collection and interpretation of original experimental data in the designated research area and to critically evaluate their interpretation as presented in the papers selected.

The student will, with the completion of all three modules, be capable of understanding the basis for specific conclusions in a field and will therefore understand the consequences of technical or experimental future developments when they occur.

See Absalon.

Principal subject in Molecular Genetics module 1 and module 2.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Only one of the principal subjects (Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Microbiology or Protein Chemistry) can be chosen. All modules (1, 2 and 3) must be within the same principal subject.
The written assignment is based on the knowledge and competences obtained in module 1 and 2.
Guidance is not scheduled. Students must contact their supervisor according to need.

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 3 weeks
Oral examination, 45 min. (no preparation)
The course is evaluated on basis of the 3-week take-home written assignment followed by an oral examination. The grade is based on an overall evaluation of the two parts of exams.
All aids allowed

Written assignment: All aids allowed.
Oral exam: No aids allowed.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

In order to achieve the grade 12 the written paper, together with the oral presentation and defense, must, through its brief introduction, introduce the reader to the problem and the scientific context. The main content, through presentation of selected results, must be relevant for the subject posed, and clearly described. The description must show full understanding of the argumentation for the experiments undertaken, the methods used, their interpretation, as well as an (implicit or explicit) quality assessment; and demonstrate an understanding of the stage of knowledge, including its limits, of the selected subject matter.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Project work
  • 195
  • Guidance
  • 10
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1, Block 2, Block 3, Block 4 And Summer
No schedule
No limitation.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board for the Biological Area
Contracting department
  • Department of Biology
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Christian Holmberg   (5-6a6f7673744769707635727c356b72)
Saved on the 09-12-2021

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