Population Genetic Methods

Postgraduate course

Course description

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 electrophoresis of proteins, microsatellites 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 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.

Level of Study

Master & PhD students.

Semester of Instruction



This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.


It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section (studie.bio@uib.no). The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

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 literature studies.
Forms of Assessment
  • Oral exam, accounts for 100% of the total grade.
  • Grading Scale
    The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade and F is a fail.
    Assessment Semester
    The oral exam is arranged in both the spring and autumn semester. I semesters with no teaching the exam is arranged early in the semester.
    Course Evaluation
    Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find course evaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.