BIO9905FBI2 - Phylogenomics

Course content

Phylogenomics is a group of techniques within the larger fields of phylogenetics and genomics, and focuses on genome data and evolutionary reconstructions. Phylogenomics draws information by comparing entire genomes, or at least large portions of genomes.

Learning outcome

Advances in high-throughput sequencing and genomics have revolutionized research in evolutionary biology and systematics. The use of genomics data in phylogenetic analyses has brought new challenges in terms of data handling and analysis. This course aims to help those that have basic experience in bioinformatics and molecular phylogenetics, and have projects focused on high-throughput sequencing data and phylogenetics, to become acquainted with tools, programs and pipelines for phylogenomics and want to contact phylogenomic studies beyond the standard also addressing potentially confunding biases in their datasets.


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 contact the department of biosciences before April 10th at



In addition to registering through Studentweb, all students must apply for admission at the link at:

Deadline April 15th.

The course is limited to 12 students. The course is arranged by the National research School in Biosystematics, ForBio. Priority will be given to members of ForBio.


Recommended previous knowledge

BIO4200, BIO9905FBI1

Pre-course exercises on command line, regex and UNIX will be offered.


The workshop will be given 3-15 June 2018 and will consist of lectures and hands-on work aiming to provide the participants with a good working knowledge of genomic data for phylogenomics, and to become acquainted with tools, programs and pipelines for phylogenomics. To encourage discussion, participants will work in pairs most of the time. All exercises will be carried out using example data handed out by the teachers during the workshop, but all exercises and results can be readily transposed to individual research data.


The examination will consist of a written report on a provided case study. The report will need to be submitted within two weeks after the workshop. The report must be approved to pass the course and receive a grade and credit.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Spring 2018

3-15 June


Spring 2018

Teaching language