Course content

The course provides a thorough introduction to the essential aspects of plant conservation including an overview of threats to the world’s plant diversity, conservation genetics, conservation assessments and ways to minimize biodiversity loss. It includes an introduction to international legislations, politics and humans’ role, both as threats and conservers of plant diversity. The course has a tropical focus and requires basic knowledge in plant biology at university level.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you will:

  • Be well acquainted with the most important factors threatening the world’s plant biodiversity
  • Be able to conduct a simple red-list assessment and to suggest conservation measures for threatened species.
  • Know the most frequently used ways to measure and map biodiversity be able to use software for analyses and mapping
  • Know the most important international legislations and agreements protecting plant biodiversity and be able to use them on relevant case studies
  • A deeper understanding and ability to read, understand and utilize publications of new developments in the field.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

The course has 6 spots.

The courses BIOS5219 and BIOS9219 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:
1. Master students admitted to "Biodiversity and systematics" and "Ecology and evolution", PhD students and master students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum.
2. Other PhD students and visiting PhD students.
3. Students with admission to single courses on master’s level and exchange students.
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.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIOS5219 – Plant Conservation


The main part of the teaching is given as an intensive course (two weeks) in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya or Zimbabwe, with lectures, data labs and excursions.There will be a mandatory assignment and an oral presentation of the assignment.

The field course, assignment and the oral presentation of the assignment have to be completed and approved before the exam. 

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.


Written exam, three hours (counts 100 % of the grade).

The field course, one mandatory assignment and an oral presentation of the assignment has to be completed and approved before the 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.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for the following course: BIOS5219 – Plant Conservation.

Facts about this course






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