BIOS4218 – Field Course in Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Biodiversity

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

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.

Admission to the course

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 for admission to Single course studies on Master’s level 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. Mandatory course work must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

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

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.

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Cost of taking the course

Students are responsible for getting the necessary vaccinations and applying for a visa if this is required. Students will cover the costs of this, and the transport to and from Oslo Airport Gardemoen,


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

All parts must be passed.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citations

You must familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citation. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating or attempted cheating.

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.

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) Oct. 30, 2020 1:17:26 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language

The course is canceled autumn 2020 and will be taught next time in autumn 2021.