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Postgraduate course

Population Genetic Methods

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO335
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.

The course runs only if enough students enrol.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture.

Objectives and Content

The literature deals with the theoretical background for using population genetic methods to identify closely related species and to study the species and population structure. It will also show how the different methods can be used in taxonomic and authenticity work. The course will contain practical analysis of genetic variation through electrohoresis of proteins, microsatelites and DNA analysis. Examples will be chosen from marine species. Interpretation and analysis of the results will be emphasized, and literature studies will be performed through given seminars presented by the students.

Learning Outcomes

Population genetic methods is useful for a number of different task: species identification, population studies, tracing, authenticity, taxonomy, etc. The course will present different molecular techniques, both in theory and practice; the students will try out different population genetic methods in the laboratory. Interpretation and data handling is an important part of the course, and the students will learn how to treat different genetic data. New relevant literature will also be presented.

Required Previous Knowledge

Compulsory parts of Bachelor's in Biology.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge of biology and laboratory experience.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in the practical laboratory work and the literature studies.

Forms of Assessment

Oral exam. The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale and F is a fail.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale and F is a fail.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.


Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no

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