Marine Flora

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course provides an overview of Norwegian marine plankton/benthic algae species and their habitats.The course includes lectures, laboratory teaching and fieldwork. The fieldwork will in general be carried out at University of Bergen's Marine Biological Station (Espegrend).

Learning Outcomes

- Describe and name common Norwegian algae species (phytoplankton and bethic algae) covered in the course and knowing what habitats that species are assocoated with. Know which systematic groups the species belong to.

- Have basic species knowledge for further studies in aquatic subjects, and future career in teaching and administratio.

- Have basic knowledge to collecting methods for research and management

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. The application deadline is Wednesday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information. You will receive confirmation of whether you received a seat in Studentweb no later than Monday the week after the deadline.

It is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting, or you risk losing your seat. If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must contact the Study Section ( The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on Mitt UiB.

Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Compulsory parts of Bachelor's degree in Biology/Sustainable Aquaculture, or equivalent.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
BIO309A: 5 SP
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Participation in all lectures, labs and fieldwork.
  • Approved compulsory activities are valid for 6 semesters, including the semester of completion. All compulsory activities have to be approved in order for the student to take the exam.


    Students' deductible: Participation in field and cruise activities

    Students enrolled in courses that include field and cruise activities necessitating overnight accommodation, are required to cover their own expenses for food and drinks during the stay. Due to rules and requirements related to food handling and hygiene, the University of Bergen is required to purchase food from/at the various accommodation locations, and we can therefore not allow students to bring their own food. The Department of Biological Sciences is therefore responsible for ordering food for all students. Students are required to pay a deductible of NOK 100,-/day for these food expenses.

    The Department of Biological Sciences covers expenses related to transportation and accommodation, and any food expenses surpassing the student deductible of NOK 100,-/day. Students using their own car must inform the Department of Biological Sciences no later than 10 days before departure, and provide name of driver and any possible passengers. The Department does not cover expenses related to private transport.

    Forms of Assessment
    Oral exam
    Grading Scale
    The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
    Course Evaluation
    Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.
    Examination Support Material