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Course content

The course describes marine food chains from primary production to fish and top predators. Emphasis is placed on how the life history of species is adapted to physical oceanographic conditions and seasonal and geographical production in northern waters. The course also addresses key environmental challenges.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, you have knowledge of:

  • Mechanisms and driving forces for ocean currents
  • Marine food chains, from phytoplankton to top predators
  • Life history of important Norwegian fish species and how these are adapted to the physical and biological environment
  • Environmental issues
  • You are able to write an essay on a relevant marine topic based on the scientific literature


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.

The courses have 40 spots. 
The courses BIOS3300 and BIOS4300 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

1. Bachelor's programme students at the Department of Biosciences and master's programme students at the MN Faculty who have the course approved in their study plan.

2. Other program students.

3. Single course students and exchange students.

Applicants are ranked by number of credits within each group; all applicants within the 1st group are ranked before applicants in the 2nd group etc. For students who have equal number of credits within one group, admission is determined by random selection.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIOS3300 – Marine Biology


  • Lectures
  • Mandatory seminars where each student is given a theme they will present to each other
  • Submission of a given topic

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.

All mandatory work must be approved before the exam.


  • Final written exam (3 hours) counting 100% of the mark

All mandatory work must be approved before the exam.

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.

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.

You have three chances to attend the exam. Number of exam attempts are transferred between this course and BIOS3300 - Marine Biology.

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 autumn

The course is offered for the first time Autumn 2019.


Every autumn

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