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Fungal identification

Master's level | 5 credits | Course code: BIO402
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Period: 31 August 2020 - 20 September 2020
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

The fungi are a large and diverse group of organisms that are important for natural ecosystems. During this course you will learn to recognize the most common fungi occurring in the Nordic countries and learn about their biology and environmental requirements. Special focus is put on how to securely identify deadly poisonous species, and on various fungal toxins and the symptoms they cause. You are also trained in the use of microscopic characters to ensure identification in critical cases. Species identification that is based only on external morphology of fruiting bodies has its limitations. This insight is viewed in the perspective of information coming from eg molecular techniques. Practical training in species identification is provided during a week at a field station.

Attendance is mandatory at the examination at the end of the course. If you are admitted to the Master's Programme in Biodiversity and Systematics, you can write the exam at your home university, namely at one of the nine Nordic universities which is a part of the network that provides program (see

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: University studies of at least three full years, equal to a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Biology or a Medical Degree. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 5/English A from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 9 917 SEK
First payment: 9 917 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Peter Gulz, 031-7862524 eller 031-7862526


Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences
Box 463
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 18

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