BIO9260 – Evolution and Systematics in Selected Groups: Fungi

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course run every second spring semester.

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.


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 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

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIO4260 – Evolution and systematics in selected groups: Fungi


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. The fee for field course is 150 NOK per day.

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.


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).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


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

Facts about this course






Every other spring starting 2016

Every other Spring semester. Next time Spring 2018.


Every other spring starting 2016

Every other Spring semester. Next time Spring 2018.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)