BIO9150 – Conservation and management biology

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Course content

The course provides a good introduction to theory, method and practice in conservation and management biology, with particular emphasis on Norwegian conditions. The course is particularly suitable for students who want to work in nature management or research concerned with the conservation of biological diversity and harvestable biological resources.

Learning outcome

You learn about the role of biological science, its possibilities and limitations in the conservation and management of genetic diversity, species diversity and harvestable biological resources. Central themes are sustainable management of fish- and wildlife populations, problems related to large predators, extinction risks, invasions of alien species, and the degradation, fragmentation and restoration of habitats. Scientific arguments for conservation, and different types of conservation measures are detailed. A multidisiplinary approach is emphasized, and the importance of political context. Relevant laws and regulations are detailed, and you get an overview of institutions and organizations in Norway and international society working with conservation and management. Through case-studies you get close-up experience with practical conservation- and management work. The course also aims at improving the students’ skill in oral and written presentation about these questions.


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 courses BIO4150 and BIO9150 have common admission. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:
1. 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
4. 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


Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor in biology, or similar courses. Good basic knowledge in ecology and evolution.


The course will be given as lectures and two seminars

  • 100 pages with extra-litterature on conservation challenges on the organism or hypothesis that you work on in you Ph.D.
  • Each student have to present a scientific paper. This will be graded Pass/Fail.
  • The students are expected to have an active participation.

First lecture is mandatory.  If you can not attend the first lecture, please send a note to, before the first lecture.


The student must pass the presentation of a scientific paper, and the commenting on another students work, to enter the final exam. There will be two home exams where the students has to write a theoretical essay and a practical essay (case study). At least one of these has to include references from the extra-litterature. In addition there will be a final oral examination. The home exam and the oral examination are weighted 40/60.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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 this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: BIO4150 – Conservation and management biology (continued), BIOS5113 – Conservation and management biology and BIOS9113 – Conservation and Management 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.


The course is held if 3 or more students show up for the first lecture.

Facts about this course






Every spring

The course will be replaced by BIOS9113 from spring 2020.


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)