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BIO-8026 Arctic Ocean functioning: interdisciplanary perspectives from geology to ecosystems - 3 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

PhD. course in Oceanography.

The course can be taken as a singular course.

Maximum number of participants: 24

Course contents

The course provides a cross-disciplinary introduction to the marine environment of the Arctic Ocean, spanning from geology to food webs and human stressors. It describes the physics of the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas, for atmosphere, water and ice, and discusses how climatic changes alter them. Geological studies will shed light on how the physical and biological environment of the Arctic Ocean has changed in the past. Biological and chemical processes will be discussed in close relation to the physical environment. The course also discusses how human activities impact the Arctic marine ecosystem, and introduces the students to the most important management measures. The course will challenge the students to communicate complex scientific context and their own research in popularized form. The course is taught by a large number of lecturers, which will give the students the possibility to meet and get to know many of Norways foremost polar researchers.

Application deadline

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

Application deadline for other applicants: June 1st (for autumn semester) December1st (for spring semester).

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 the spring semester starts in the middle of December. Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9304. Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Objective of the course

At the end of the course, the student will


At the end of the course, the student will

General knowledge:

At the end of the course, the student will 

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Theoretical course, consisting of lectures, literature seminars, group work and student presentations.


Approved either

a) A popular science newspaper chronicle about one of the courses topics and own research
b) A popular science video clip (1-4 min) about one of the courses topics and own research

Grade: Passed/Failed.

Hand in date: June 15

Coursework requirements:
a presentation of the students research project and reading of the curriculum before the course. 

Re-sit exam:
There will be no re-set exam in this course.

Lectures Spring 2020