Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

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.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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).

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

7 credits overlap with MBV3060 – General microbiology (continued)


  • Lectures
  • Colloquia
  • Obligatory lab sessions

Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, and lab session, also for those on the waiting list. You will lose your seat on the course if documentation for valid absence is not provided to the student administration prior to the first lecture.

Approved mandatory assignments and activity are valid for 3 years.

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.


  • 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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

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

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.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language