spring 2020
KJE-3603 Protein Production Technology - 10 ECTS

Last changed 17.06.2020

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Theoretical and practical subject. The course is available as a singular or elective course independent of study program, also to exchange students. The course is offered on condition that a minimum number of students register for the course. Next time this course will be offered is Spring 2020 (Autumn 2018 and spring 2020).

Admission requirements

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in Chemistry or equivalent.

Students should have basic knowledge in chemistry and biochemistry .

Local admission, application code 9371 - singular courses at Master's level

Course content

Protein expression and protein purification is an art of science and technology. Each protein is unique and needs special treatment. This intensive practical course is dedicated to the current technology and processes available to obtain a pure sample of protein using recombinant DNA techniques, combined with biotechnology of protein production and purification. The course covers cloning and overexpression in bacterial and eukaryotic systems, introduction to fermentation, protein purification and biophysical characterization.


Protein production technology:

i) Recombinant protein technology and fermetation

  • Recombinant protein technology
  • Expression systems i (prokaryote systems)
  • Expression systems ii (eukaryote systems)
  • Introduction to fermentation

ii) Protein purification

  • Initial planing and strategy
  • Biological activity and quantification of proteins
  • General methods for handling enzymes and proteins
  • The protein extract
  • Purification of engineered proteins
  • Fractionation techniques
  • Optimization
  • Scaling up
  • Analysis of purified product

Objectives of the course

The objective of the course is to give the students theoretical and practical insight into protein production technologies.


The candidate:

  • has advanced knowledge in protein production technology including recombinant protein technology, fermentation and protein purification.
  • has thorough knowledge of methods and techniques applied in protein production
  • can apply knowledge to new areas in protein production technology
  • can analyse academic problems related to recombinant protein production technology



The candidate:

  • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly agguments.
  • can analyse methods, techniques and interpretations in protein production and work independently on practical problems.
  • can use relevant methods and techniques in protein production for research in an independent manner.
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or developmental project under supervision.


Kompetanse/General competence:

The candidate:

  • can apply her/his knowledge and skills in protein production technology in order to carry out assignments and projects
  • can communicate terminology in the field of protein production including recombinant protein expression and protein purification.
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field of protein production technology.
  • Can write an scientific report

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English.

Teaching methods

The course will be taught as a combination of lectures, demonstrations and practical lab work (intensive course). Lectures and demonstrations: 20 h, Hands-on laboratory exercises: 40 h. Compulsory attendance.


Evaluation of submitted lab report. Pass/not pass. Candidates who fail the exam can register for re-sit the following semester. Compulsory attendance.


Course overlap

BIO-3320 Fermentation 5 stp
BIO-3321 Protein purification 5 stp
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: KJE-3603