spring 2020
BIO-8510 ARCTOS Marine ecological research cruise Spitsbergen and Barents Sea - 3 ECTS

Last changed 04.02.2020

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students enrolled at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: February 1st.

Application deadline for other applicants: February 1st.

The course is dependent on the availability of the vessel.

Type of course

Practical, cruise.

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted.

The course has 15 seats. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked in this order:

1. PhD students at UiT

2. Participants in the Associate Professor programme at UiT (must hold a Master´s  degree)

3. Registered PhD students from other universities

4. Applicants documenting that they have a Norwegian Master´s degree (or equivalent)

PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for spring semester starts in the middle of December.

Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb.

Non-UiT PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that they are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you, see the following list: Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries.

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:  Proficiency in english - PhD level studies

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course. 

Course content

The course is based upon a cruise with FF Helmer Hansen to the waters around Spitsbergen and the northern Barents Sea. In 2020, the course will be held in conjunction with the Nansen Legacy programme (AeN), with a special focus on research questions relevant to AeN, including effects of sea ice on the marine ecosystem. We will work in parallel with AeN researchers onboard the FF Kronprins Haakon, and have a joint cruise and sampling plan. The course also opens up for individual students to obtain necessary samples for their PhD work.

The course is dependent on the availability of the vessel. Please contact ARCTOS for more information or send a message describing your interests and needs to Jørgen Berge.

Objectives of the course

Provide the students with insights into scientific sampling methods and sampling protocols.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The students will carry out their own research projects as part of the cruise. The projects need to be approved by the cruise leader, and needs to be integrated into the general cruise plan.


Individual cruise reports (10-20 pages) mandatory after each cruise. Grade: Pass/fail.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 3
  • Course code: BIO-8510