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BIO-8020 Arctic Marine System Ecology and Climate Change - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

Theoretical. The course can be taken as a singular course.

Course contents

The course provides an introduction to marine system ecology and climate change in the Arctic Ocean including its shelf seas and central basins. It describes the physics of the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas, for both water and ice, and how climate change alters them. The course introduces biological communities and key organisms, life history strategies, habitats and ecosystems of the marine Arctic. Coupling between biological communities and habitats are discussed with respect to energy flow and in terms of how physical processes determine the conditions for biota and their productivity, today and in the near future. Students will be introduced to a wide range of examples of system ecological response to climate change in the Arctic Ocean, ranging from microbial organisms to marine mammals, and including biogeochemical cycles. In addition, management regimes in the Arctic are discussed in terms of their influence on the marine system. The course is taught by a large number of lecturers who have their research focus in the topic they lecture on.

Application deadline

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

Application deadline for other applicants: 1 June. 

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there 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

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

Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9303.

The number of participants is limited to 10. If more than 10 applicants, priority will be given as follows:

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

Objective of the course


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General competence

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Language of instruction


Teaching methods

12 weeks of teaching. Each week three lectures (2x45 min) and one seminar.


Coursework requirement: Essay

Oral exam. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Date for examination

One oral exam 06.12.2018;Essay hand in date 14.11.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Course overlap

BIO-3015 Arctic Marine System Ecology and Climate Change 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

The syllabus consists of "At the edge¿" edited by Paul Wassmann and selected articles.
Lectures Autumn 2018
Felles med BIO-3015Same schedule as BIO-3015.