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MBI-3013 Human molecular genetics: medical and forensic genetics - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for medisinsk biologi

Type of course

The course is an elective course for students accepted to the Master´s program in Biomedicine, but is also open for single course students who meet the admission requirements.

Course overlap

MBI-3103 Forensic and medical genetics 8 stp

Course contents

The first part of this course will focus on basic topics in human genetics, such as the structure and function of chromosomes, the organization and evolution of the human genome, DNA sequence variation and the characteristics and regulation of protein coding and non-coding genes.

The next part will cover different topics in medical genetics, such as Mendelian inheritance, population genetics, mutations, and epigenetics in relation to diseases. Furthermore, lectures will be given on theory and methods for molecular genetic diagnostics as well as classic- and molecular cytogenetics.

The last part of the course will give a short general introduction to the discipline of forensic medicine, before focusing on forensic genetics and the analysis of biological traces in criminal cases. Lectures will cover the principles for detecting different body fluids, DNA-profiling using STR-markers, interpretation of the results and statistical calculations for evaluating the strength of DNA evidence. The analyses of alternative markers like SNPs and markers on Y-chromosomes and mitochondrial DNA will also be discussed.

The course will shortly cover some ethical and legal aspects related to both medical and forensic analyses and also give an introduction to new molecular methods in these disciplines.

During a laboratory exercise, the students will analyze evidence from a simulated criminal case using methods that are generally used in molecular genetics.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries:  1. December 

Admission requirements

The course is an elective course for students accepted to the Master´s program in Biomedicine.

The course can be taken as a singular course by students with a Bachelor´s degree in Biomedicine or similar (180 ECTS).

Recommended prerequisites: Basic knowledge at University Bachelor level in general genetics and cell- and molecular biology.

Application deadline for nordic applicants is 1st of December. Applicationcode: 9371

Admission requirements: see admission requirements for the Masterprogram in biomedicine

Objective of the course

After the course the student should be able to:





General proficiency:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course will consist of lectures, laboratory exercises and seminars.


Written exam (5 hours), graded alphabetically A-F (F-fail).

Coursework requirements:

Coursework requirements must be passed in order to attend the exam:

Re-sit/postponed exam A re-sit exam/postponed exam will be arranged early in the following semester, for candidates who failed the exam or who, for valid reasons, were unable to attend.