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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

This course provides an overview of the fields of microbiology and mycology, with a focus on terrestrial diversity. The course mainly covers prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbiology, with a focus on their metabolism, environmental methods, and diagnostics. Microbial genetics and microbial pathogenesis are part of other, more advanced courses.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • have general knowledge of microbiology and mycology
  • will learn about the diversity of microorganisms, their metabolism and ecology
  • will have practical skills such as sterile techniques, enrichment cultures, microscopy, food microbiology (e.g. fermentation), air microbiology and environmental and clinical diagnostics methods.

Admission to the course

Priority will be given to students in the bachelor program in Biosciences.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety, HMS0505 – Electricity Safety

BIOS1150 – Biodiversity BIOS1130 – Biokjemi I

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures

  • Colloquia

  • Obligatory lab sessions

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also for those on the waiting list. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you will lose your seat on the course if you have not informed the student administration prior to the first lecture. Students should consider buying a personal travel and personal injury insurance as the course contains lab and/or field work. Click here for further information about student insurance.

Approved mandatory elements are valid for 3 years.


Final written exam (3 hours) that counts 100 % towards the final mark

Lab journals must be approved in order to sit for the final exam. Approved mandatory elements are valid for 3 years.

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, if you sit the exam for MBV3060 - General microbiology.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. 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) Nov. 27, 2020 3:14:36 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)