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BIO9160 – Recent literature in microbial ecology and metagenomics

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Course content

Key topics within microbial ecology and metagenomics analyses will be addressed through literature studies. Both metagenomics analyses of microeukaryotes like fungi and protists, as well as bacteria, will be emphasized. Further, bioinformatics analyses of the data will be highlighted. The teaching is based on biweekly literature colloquia where the students present and discuss recent articles within the field. Also essays (in the form of written summaries of articles) will be obligatory.

Learning outcome

Students gain knowledge about state-of-the-art research within microbial ecology and metagenomics, with a special focus on metagenomics analyses of microeukaryotes.


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.


Colloqia. Two presentations and two essays.


Oral exam. The presentations and the essays must be passed to take the final exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)