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BIO-3518 From catchment to coast: Northern inland waters and global change - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi

Type of course

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in Freshwater Ecology. The course is available as a singular course.

Course overlap

BIO-3518 Limnology 5 stp

Course contents

Students will gain an interdisciplinary perspective on key physical, chemical and biological processes driving northern inland waters in the context of ongoing global change. The focus of the course is on the ecology of Arctic and subarctic aquatic ecosystems, including lakes and rivers, and taking a ‘catchment to coast’ approach. This course covers the following main subjects: limnology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, stream ecology, and food web ecology. In addition, ecological stoichiometry, ecosystem ecology, and meta-ecosystem ecology will be covered as sub-themes. The above-mentioned topics will also be presented in the context of how ongoing global changes, including changes to temperature, precipitation patterns, and chemical cycling can affect the ecology and biogeochemistry of northern inland waters and the ecosystem services they provide.

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses: Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - - Master`s level singular course. Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Objective of the course

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Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course is structured as a semi-intensive course taught over 5 weeks, including:   

The course field trip to Takvatn and the subsequent lab analysis will allow students to become acquainted with key freshwater field sampling and analytical methods, covering several aspects of the lake ecosystem.  


The exam includes a written exam (50% of grade), seminar presentation (25% of grade), and written assignments (25% of grade).  

Assessment will use a graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. 

Coursework requirement: 

In order to sit the final examination, the student must complete and gain approval for the following coursework requirements: 

Approved work requirements have a duration of 3 years, from the semester in which the work requirements were taken. 

Re-sit exam: 

There will be a re-sit examination for the written exam only for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination. 

Date for examination

Oral/practical exam 22.04.2022;Oral/practical exam 22.04.2022;Home exam hand out date 02.05.2022 hand in date 02.05.2022;Home exam hand in date 29.04.2022;Home exam hand in date 29.04.2022

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