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  • Autumn 2010

Course content

The course can be used as part of the curriculum for a MSc or PhD in toxicology or ecotoxicology. The course is offered in the autumn semester immediately following the course in general toxicology (BIO4500). The course can form part of the theoretical basis for recognition as an EUROTOX-registered toxicologist.

Learning outcome

The course offers advanced subjects in aquatic and terrestrial ecotoxicology, including environmental chemistry, bioavailability, trophic transport of contaminants, biomarkers, community impacts and in vitro toxicology. Upon completing the course students should achieve an up-to-date knowledge of the most important areas of ecotoxicology.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

The courses BIO4550 and BIO9550 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:
1. PhD students and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
2. Other PhD students and visiting PhD students.
3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students
4. Applicants are ranked by credits in each group; all applicants within 1st rank before applicants in 2nd etc. If admission is limited to a fixed number of participants, admission will be decided by drawing lots for students who are ranked equally

The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

BIO4500 - General Toxicology (can be taken earlier in the semester)

Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge of ecology, chemistry, biochemistry, and/or physiology.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIO4550 - Ecotoxicology


The course will be given in week 46-50 each autumn semester. The course consists of lectures, discussions and laboratory practices. In addition, the students must write two 10 page essays on given topics, which they will present in two 45 minutes lectures.
Lectures will mainly be given by staff at the Department of Biology, but som external researchers will contribute. All students will be expected to give a short presentation over a subject provided.

Attendance to the first lecture is mandatory.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Final written exam, three hours (weighs 70% of the final mark). Essays and lectures weigh 15% each (30% of the final mark). Participation in laboratory work and passed lab raports within certain set dates is a requirement.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Re-scheduled exams are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who:

  • can document a valid reason for absence from the regular exam (e.g. illness before or during the exam)
  • withdraw during the exam
  • do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

Read more about re-scheduled exams.

Special examination arrangements

If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.


Feedback from our students is essential to us in our efforts to ensure and further improve the high quality of our programmes and courses. All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students on a particular course to participate in a more comprehensive, periodic evaluation of this course.

Periodic evaluation Autumn 2009.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on demand)