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BIO-3030 Extreme animal physiology - 20 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for arktisk og marin biologi

Type of course

The course is mandatory for MSc students in biology on the Arctic Animal Physiology specialization program. 

This course is available as a singular course. 

The course is taught over two terms starting in autumn, with final exam in the spring term. 

Maximum number of students: 20 (the limitation is related to the mandatory research cruise).

Acceptance in the UiT MSc in biology programme, with specialisation in animal physiology gives automatic acceptance.

Other students: Acceptance based on application and the following priorities, provided mandatory requirement (i.e., min 10 ECTS of animal physiology is fulfilled): 

Qualified students must apply by the 1st of August 2022 through this webform: Application form BIO-3030.

Course overlap

BIO-3008 Animal Physiology 15 stp

Course contents

The course deals with how animals are able to maintain function and internal balance (homeostasis) despite variable environmental conditions. The course will address how animals use control systems to meet the challenges of changing environmental conditions with regard to oxygen, water/electrolytes, temperature, food/energy. The course will use a case-studies approach to highlight how animals in extreme environments have adapted to meet the above challenges.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1st of June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Admission requirements

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS. A minimum of 10 ECTS general physiology (BIO-2002 or equivalent) is mandatory.

Local admission, application code 9371 -  Master`s level singular course.

Obligatory prerequisites

BIO-2002 Animal Physiology

Objective of the course

Knowledge and understanding 




General competence 

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Hours distributed approximately equally between the two terms:

Lectures, seminars and journal club* - 45 x 2 hrs;  

Lab - 5 x 2 hrs; oral presentations - ~6 hrs;  

Field - 16 days with 8 x 10 hrs lab during field excursion to the Greenland Sea.

Remaining assignments, including preparing oral presentations, home assignments, own reading - ~300 hrs 

*Journal club: allows students to dive into some of the topics = student-led and student-active learning.

Students are expected and required to have fulfilled safety courses HMS-0501, HMS-0502, HMS-0503 and HMS-0504. Additionally, a specific lecture on preparations for the research cruise to the Greenland Sea (spring term) is mandatory, as is practical safety training on board the research cruise vessel.