NBIK14024U  Arctic Field Course

Volume 2017/2018

MSc Programme in Biology

MSc Programme in Biology with a minor subject


The course consists of 3 phases:

1) Planning of the projects and logistics; 2-4 meetings held in Copenhagen during block 4
2) The field work it self which takes place at the Arctic Station, University of Copenhagen, in Qeqertarsuaq at Disko, West Greenland, during 10 days in July
3) Analysis of data and writing of report; in Copenhagen during August

The participants must apply for the opportunity to participate in the course by submitting a motivated application (see requested information below). The theme for the course change from year-to-year depending on the teachers. The actual themes and details about the application procedure will be announced around 1 October 2017.

The application should include:

  • A short description of the applicant (CV), list of courses taken and grades
  • Field experiences
  • Preference for project theme and breif outline of details
  • Motivation for taking the course (importance for study curriculum)

It is strongly recommended to discuss project ideas with the teachers who are responsible for the course.
All field work activities will take place at Arctic station. There are mandatory excursions and lectures (in the evenings) with contributions from the scientitic leader of the station as well as guest researchers and the teachers at the course are talking about their current projects.

Learning Outcome


  • Comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of Arctic ecosystems including organization and interactions of the biota, their responsiveness to environmental factors, human interference and climate conditions.


  • Carry out practical field work under challenging Arctic conditions
  • Apply general morphological, physiological and reproductive strategies in arctic organisms in the discussion of the acquired results
  • Apply general population dynamics in relation to environmental conditions
  • Apply general element cycling of the Arctic in the discussion of the acquired results.
  • Include general knowledge on arctic abiotic conditions in the treatment of the results of the project
  • Mediate the ideas of the project and the acquired results in terms of a project report and in an oral presentation of the investigation.


  • Understanding the scientific process from the idea of a project to completing a report of the study
  • The ability to work in a group and to take responsibility for preparing a scientific report with in a deadline
  • Gather and analyze experimental data

See Absalon.

NBIB14025U Basal arktisk biologi or NBIK14013U Arctic Biology or other similar courses with similar qualifications in Denmark or other countries.
Experimental group projects with intensive guidance in connection with planning of project and execution of field work. The student groups present their progress and results to the other students and the teachers during all phases of the course.
Note that all applicants must send an application following a template that will be announced via BIOLIV, Facebook and elsewhere.

Selection for participation in the course is based on these criteria: relevance, project, feasibility, general skills, grades and motivation.

An English report based on all project reports performed during the Arctic Field Course will be published on behalf of Arctic Station.

Each student must contribute with approx. 5500 DKK as co-financing.

If applying under "Copenhagen Summer University" all cost must be paid and the student must be enrolled at UoC.
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, (report)
Oral examination, 30 minutes (no preparation)
The groups will write a report in English based on the results of their investigations. The report must follow the format of a scientific paper. Submission deadline is 15 August.

The oral examination is a 15-minute oral examination where the group present their study (the report). This presentation is followed by individual examination (15 min) based on the group report and the scientific literature that has been used during the project. This exam will take place by the end of Block 5.

The report weights for 75% and the oral exam weights for 25%. The grade is based on an overall evaluation of the two part exams.
Exam registration requirements

It is a requirement that the student has participated in the field part in Greenland.

Only certain aids allowed

All aids are allowed for the written part exam. No aids are allowed for the oral exam.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiner.

As ordinary exam. A revised report must be handed in no later than two weeks before the reexam.

If the exam requirement is not fulfilled, the student must take the course again the next year.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 0,5
  • Excursions
  • 10
  • Preparation
  • 30,5
  • Lectures
  • 10
  • Practical exercises
  • 70
  • Project work
  • 70
  • Guidance
  • 15
  • Total
  • 206,0