Current Geobiological Topics

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The goal for the course is to give in-depth knowledge about the relevant topics in geobiology, and provide information about current debates, possible contradictions and unanswered questions. The course includes several central themes in geobiology such as: Life in extreme environments and the origins of life; Microbial processes and climate changes; Biodiversity and co-evolution; Inter-organism interactions - genetics, ecology, adaptation.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course the students will have in-depth understanding of the current relevant topics in geobiology, as well as information about recent research advances in the field, current hypothesis and theories, possible contradictions, problems, and unanswered questions.

Semester of Instruction

Spring, even years.


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

Recommended Previous Knowledge
 Bachelor in Biology or Geology or equivalent education.
Forms of Assessment
Oral presentation
Grading Scale
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.