MBV4310 – Comparative and Ecological Physiology

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Spring 2021 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.

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Course content

The course provides an introduction towards how different animal groups physiologically adapt to various environments and life history strategies. The diversity of physiological adaptations will be emphasized. Key areas will be respiration in water and air, circulation, energy metabolism, effect of temperature, regulation of water and ions, sense physiology and adaptations to extreme environmental conditions.

Learning outcome

After completing this course we expect your competence to include the following:

  • insight into challenges animals face in various habitats, and which physiological mechanisms they use to address these challenges.
  • learn how to execute controlled experiments
  • experience in writing scientific reports based on your own experiments.
  • learn and be required to use available library tools .

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

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

Formal prerequisite knowledge

HMS0503 – Laboratory Safety

BIOS3800 – Human Physiology

Overlapping courses


This course consists of:

  • lectures
  • group and seminar work,
  • one week experimental and/or lab work towards a semester report at the biological station in Drøbak.
  • instructions towards writing reports and using available library tools. As part of the teaching, all PhD candidates will hold an individual presentation of a scientific article for the other participants on the course. Laboratory exercises and groups work is mandatory. The course is taught full time with 90 % compulsory participation. Attendance is mandatory for the first lecture, also 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 studieinfo@ibv.uio.no prior to the first lecture

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.  


  • Final written exam, 3 hours, which counts 100 % towards the finale grade.  This course has mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the finale exam.

The written report from the laboratory and group exercises, as well as active participation during lectures, is required before you can take the exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MBV4310 – Comparative and Ecological Physiology

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response 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.

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) Feb. 25, 2021 11:23:46 PM

Facts about this course


The course is last held autumn 2020


Examination is last held autumn 2022

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)