AB-207 Research Project in Arctic Biology (15 ECTS)

Lab work at UNIS. Photo: Katharina Storemark/UNIS

January 10, 2022
June 30, 2022
Spring semester (January - June), annually. Cancelled spring 2023.
Letter grade (A through F)
Curriculum is project based and partly selected by the student
Fieldwork, NOK 200–2000 (1–10 days x NOK 200 per overnight stay)
–/5 students (depending on available projects)
Application form (PDF)
Available projects AB-207 spring 2022 (PDF)

Course requirements:

60 ECTS within general natural sciences, of which 30 ECTS within the field of biology. The applicant must be enrolled in a programme at Bachelor level, or document that the courses are approved into the applicant’s current study programme. Also, the individual student must document basic experience within the project applied for.

Applicants should apply through the UNIS application web, and also upload the additional application form among the application documents.

The student must submit additional documentation which is in accordance with the announced project descriptions. As the AB-207 research project work may require specific scientific background, applicant submissions and documentation will be, in addition to overall grading, evaluated in the scientific settings of the individual projects.

The project supervisors can be contacted for detailed information.

The course can only be combined with AB-203 Arctic Environmental Management (15 ECTS). 

Academic content:

This course gives bachelor students an insight into ongoing research at UNIS and gives them the opportunity to conduct their own defined research project, in close collaboration with ongoing research in the department of Arctic Biology. The internship shall include the following: sample/data collection (field sampling and/or laboratory work), data analyses and writing of a scientific report. The course will be offered as a possibility to do a research project with one of the permanent staff in the Department of Arctic Biology, and the scientific content of the course will thus vary depending on which subject the research project will be offered in.

Learning outcomes:

The course will give students insights into ongoing UNIS Arctic Biology research projects and practice in

  • how to design their own research project
  • how to evaluate their own results and
  • discuss their results in a wider perspective based on the available literature in the field.

Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • improve their understanding of Arctic biology
  • have a basic knowledge on designing and conducting their own research
  • critically evaluate their own results based on the methodology used
  • be able to discuss their main findings in a broader perspective based on literature available in the relevant field.

Upon completing the course, the students will be able to:

  • formulate hypotheses that can be tested scientifically
  • collect scientific data for research projects in biology
  • analyse scientific data to evaluate proposed hypotheses.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • be able to present results to the scientific community
  • gain insights into how research projects are run
  • get experience from working in a research team.


Learning activities:

Initially, students attend one week of compulsory Arctic survival and safety training (AS-101). The learning activities will include planning of the project together with the supervisor, field and/or lab work assigned to collect data, analyses, and preparing a written report. The curriculum will vary depending on the project. As this course will be offered to individual students by the Arctic Biology permanent staff, the curriculum will be targeted to each student.

Reading material: 120 hours.
Initial, mid, and final seminars across projects: 6-10 hours.
Supervising hours per supervisor: 20 hours
Laboratory / analytic work: approx. 110 hours.
Fieldwork: 20–90 hours.
Expected total course assignment: approx. 350 hours.


Method Percentage of final grade
Written report 100%

The written report must be max 15 pages including figures and tables. Supplemental appendices may be used and do not count as part of the 15 pages.

Application deadline:

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