autumn 2020
BIO-8021 Seminar: Applied bioinformatics - 5 ECTS

Last changed 29.09.2020

Application deadline


Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway who has got the course approved in their instruction component: September 1st (for autumn semester) / February 1st (for spring semester).

Application deadline for other applicants: June 1st (for autumn semester/December 1st (for spring)

Type of course

Theoretical. The course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Who can appy:

  • UiT PhD students who wants to take a course that is not approved in their instruction component
  • PhD student enrolled at another institution than UiT
  • Applicants who have completed a Master degree

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for spring semester starts in the middle of December, and for autumn semester in the middle of June.

Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9301.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you, see the following list: Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries.
For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:  Proficiency in english - PhD level studies

PhD students enrolled at PhD programmes a UiT can contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty  for questions regarding registration to the course. Singular course applicants must contact regarding questions to their application.

Minimum number of students for the course to be held is: 5.

Course content

The subject of the seminar will be applied bioinformatics, thus focusing on the presentation and discussion of current and newly published methods in bioinformatics. In this context both own research and literature will be presented and critically discussed, especially with respect to advancements and limitations of current methods in bioinformatics and their applications. The course shall provide a forum for exchange and discussion for PhD students working in applied bioinformatics and help them to stay up to date in the rapidly advancing field of bioinformatics.

Objectives of the course

Students that have completed BIO - 8021:
  • can present their research results using state of the art media
  • are able to exercise constructive criticism in discussion fora
  • can explain scientific work (own or from literature) to fellow students and researchers
  • have a good understanding of state of the art methods in bioinformatics

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Seminar: 40 hours. The seminar will be held regularly over several semesters. A presentation of ongoing own research results and discussion of current literature presented by one of the participants.


3 oral presentations, of these two should be about current scientific literature and one about own research related to the course topic. Attendance certification of 25 seminars (relevant external seminars can be considered). Grade: Pass/fail.

Course work requirement: Students must regularly attend the seminar and active participate in discussions. 


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: BIO-8021