BIO9260 – Evolution and Systematics of Organismal Groups: The Fungal Kingdom

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course aims at giving basic knowledge about evolution and evolutionary mechanisms in the fungal kingdom. The systematics and classification of selected groups of fungi and lichens are addressed with focus on methodology and principles of fungal systematics. Principles of biodiversity measures and the training in dentification of fungi and lichen will be carried out in the field (fieldcourse).

Learning outcome

The students will obtain knowledge about fungal evolution and taxonomy and get insight into methods and research questions of current interests. A subgoal is to give the students a better understanding of the fungal dimension in ecosystem functioning.

Admission to the course

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 BIO4260 and BIO9260 have joint admission. There is a total of 20 seats in these two courses. 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

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following courses must be passed before start of laboratory course and field course

BIO1200 – Biodiversity (discontinued), BIO2120 – Evolutionary Biology (discontinued).

Overlapping courses


The course lasts for two weeks in the end of the Spring term. The course combines lectures, field course, group seminars and laboratory work. There will be a one week field course.

First lecture is mandatory. If you can not attend the first lecture, please send a note to, before the first lecture.

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.

The course is only given if three or more students meet on the first lecture.

Cost of taking the course

The fee for field course is 150 NOK per day.


Compulsory participation in group work and presentation of these results. Hand-in of essay two weeks after the course. The essay must receive a passing grade to pass the course. 3 hour written exam on a slightly broader syllabus than BIO4260 (60% of total mark). Compulsory field course. Hand-in of field course report (40% of total mark).

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.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: emne: BIO4260.

Examination support material

Written exam: No examination support material is allowed.

Field course report: All examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 9:13:16 PM

Facts about this course


Spring 2020

Every other spring

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)