autumn 2018
BIO-8017 Biological Rhythms - 10 ECTS

Last changed 28.02.2019

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: September 1

Application deadline for other applicants: June 1

Type of course

Theoretical and practical  

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries 

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

Proficiency in english - PhD level studies 

PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for autumn semester starts in the middle of June.

Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9303.

Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Course content

The course reviews circadian and seasonal rhythmicity, the behavioural and ecological importance of biological rhythms and their theoretical basis, as well as the underlying anatomy, physiology, genetic and molecular biology.

Objectives of the course

Knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge of the general principles and central questions in Chronobiology
  • Explain the ecological and behavioural importance of biological rhythms
  • Demonstrate and explain the physiological, genetic and molecular basis for biological rhythms
  • Demonstrate and explain examples of biological rhythms

General skills:

  • Understanding the process of generating scientific knowledge
  • Communicating science both, orally and in writing
  • Review and extract relevant information from scientific literature
  • Critical analysis of published scientific literature within the discipline at MSc level
  • Presenting scientific content clearly and in logical order while using language appropriate for the audience and occasion
  • Proposing, discussing and evaluating hypothesis
  • Teaching  

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Seminars (2 hrs per week) with presentations and discussions. A practical exercise ("dry lab") will be held on 2 occasions instead of the seminar.


Essay (20%), oral presentation (20%) and 3 h final written exam (60%) must be passed in order to receive a passing grade. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

Coursework requirements: lab report and presentation of article in primary literature - must be approved in order to be able to take the ordinary or re-sit written examination.

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

Recommended reading/syllabus

Chronobiology (Dunlap, Loros, DeCoursey 2004), review articles and primary literature
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BIO-8017