BIOS4218 – Field course in tropical rainforest ecology and biodiversity

Course content

The course provides insight in tropical ecology, flora and fauna, focusing on Brazil. In addition it will cover the conservation of tropical rainforest from a regional and global perspective along with current and future threats to biodiversity through human activity. The course provides a unique opportunity to get practical and theoretical instruction from a broad group of experts and facilitates intensive interaction with them as well as with Brazilian students. 

Learning outcome

After this course, you will have:

  • Good insight in the ecology and conservation of tropical rainforest
  • Knowledge on the most important taxonomic groups in tropical rainforest
  • Practice in designing and implementing tropical field studies with minimal prior knowledge and logistic support
  • Experience with international collaboration, scientific writing and presenting research results.


There are 8 places on this course and it is open for students in biological sciences at UiO and NMBU. The study places will be divided 50/50.

For students at UiO:

Application deadline 1st of July

Students fro UiO apply by sending an e-mail to within the deadline

Applicants at UiO are ranked by the following criteria:

1.Students who have been admitted to “Biodiversity and Systematics” at UiO

2. Other master students in biological science at UiO

3. 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


For students at NMBU:

Application deadline 1st of June

Students from NMBU apply by sending an e-mail to <>  within the deadline

Applicants at NMBU are ranked by the following criteria:

1.Students who have been admitted to the master program in Ecology, study option "Tropical ecology and management of natural resources"

2. Other master students in biological science at NMBU. Applicants will be ranked from their relevance in background and further study (especially the topic for the master thesis)


Applicants from NMBU have to apply as "single subject student"  at the latest on the 15. of June.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students must have been admitted to an MSc program in the biological sciences.


The course consists of a 3 week field trip to Brazil from 19. august,  and 2 weeks of intensive education in Oslo/Ås with labwork, group work, lectures and an excursion to Norsk Hydro in Holmestrand.

Delivery of a project report and mandatory attendance during the field course and at the labs.

Getting the necessary vaccinations as well as a possible visa is the responsibility of the students. The costs for this as well as for transport to and from Gardermoen Airport are covered by the students themselves.

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.


Project report counts 50% and the two presentations counts 25% each.

All parts must be passed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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.

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.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

The course is offered first time Autumn 2018


Every autumn

Teaching language