BIO9320 – Systematics and Ecology of Marine Algae

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course presents an overview of algal systematics and phylogeny based on morphology, ultra structure, reproduction and molecular data. It also includes plankton and benthic algal ecology and biogeography with emphasis on Norwegian conditions.

Learning outcome

After the course the students will have:

  • Exstensive knowledge of algal systematics, evolution and phylogeny.
  • Know in depth the characteristics of algal groups and the biology of selected algal species.
  • Be familiar with the temporal variation and biogeography of algae.
  • Extensive knowledge of algal ecology with emphasis on Norwegian conditions.
  • Be proficient in algal identification using morphology, ultra structure and molecular methods.
  • Present recent research on algal sytematics and ecology in an essay.


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 BIO4320 and BIO9320 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 BIO4320 – Systematics and ecology of marine algae


The course is organised by lectures and laboratory work. The laboratory work is obligatory.

One week obligatory field excursion to Drøbak in the Oslofjord, costs are 150 NOK pr. day.

A collection of articles will be defined as litterature to an essay, wich has to be passed to enter the final exam.


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.


  • One written exam weighted 100%.
  • One written essay (passed)
  • One oral presentation and compulsory lab-journals.
  • Requires approved participation in the field excursion.

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






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Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)