ARCTOS Student Support Network

General information

The Arctic Marine Ecosystem Research Network (ARCTOS network) was established in 2002 after an initiative of researchers from UiT The Arctic University of Norway, the Norwegian Polar Institute, the University Centre in Svalbard and Akvaplan-Niva. Later the Institute of Marine Research and Nord University joined and together they comprise the six basic ARCTOS institutions.

ARCTOS combines the expertise of north Norwegian and international institutions to achieve an integrated view of Arctic ecosystems, both locally and with a view across the Arctic. Investigations of biological, physical, and chemical drivers provide a holistic approach to marine ecosystems and across the food chain. In this way we address critical scientific and management questions related to biodiversity, ecological processes, impacts of climate change, human induced and natural variability, system sensitivity and resilience. State-of-the-art research tools, modeling platforms scaled to a variety of levels and processes, and modern infrastructure provide a strong foundation for basic research and student training. ARCTOS has grown considerably since its founding. It is now nationally and internationally recognized in the science community, as well as in industry circles, as a source of high-quality basic and applied research in Arctic marine ecology.

Through UiT, the ARCTOS PhD school offers several courses and workshops. Some of these courses are focused on marine ecology, others are relevant to all scientific fields and open for all PhD students at UiT. ARCTOS PhD students have priority in the PhD school courses, but other PhD students are welcome to apply as well. All courses and workshops are held in English.

A list of courses and workshops – the links in parentheses take you to the extensive course description on the ARCTOS pages (ARCTOS) or to the official UiT course page (UiT)

  • BIO-8516 [BIO-8517 when taken twice] Arctic Frontiers PhD/student workshop (4 ECTS) – annual workshop in concert with Arctic Frontiers conference on research proposal writing and more (ARCTOS / UiT)
  • BIO-8510 ARCTOS marine ecological research cruise Spitsbergen and Barents Sea (3 ECTS) – every 1-2 years at varying times of the year (ARCTOS / UiT)
  • BIO-8511 ARCTOS Marine ecological research cruise East Greenland (3 ECTS) – every 1-2 years in varying times of the year (ARCTOS)
  • BIO-8504 ARCTOS Colloquiums (5 ECTS) – continuous throughout the year at UiT and other localities, sometimes with video conference setup for remote participants (ARCTOS / UiT)

Courses at UiT relevant for ARCTOS PhD students but not organized by ARCTOS

  • FSK-8002 Communicating Science Module 1 – Scientific writing (3 ECTS) – part of HNA (UiT)
  • BIO-8007 Communicating Science Module 2 – Coping with media (1 ECTS) – annually in spring, part of HNA (UiT)
  • BIO-8010 Communicating Science Module 3 – Visualizing your science (3 ECTS) – annually in spring, part of HNA (UiT)
  • FSK-8003 Leadership skills – preparing PhD students for taking on leadership tasks (2 ECTS) – part of HNA (UiT)
  • BIO-8603 Philosophy of science and ethics (6 ECTS) – spring intensive short course on the ethics and science (UIT)
  • BIO-8015 Arctic marine pollution (10 ECTS) – annually in autumn (UiT)
  • BIO-8105 Ecological methodology – Study design and statistical analysis (10 ECTS) – annually in spring (UiT)
  • BIO-8514 Advanced ecological statistics (10 ECTS) – annually in spring (UiT)

Several courses available at UNIS can be of interest for PhD students of the ARCTOS PhD school.

  • AB-820 Arctic Marine Zooplankton (10 ECTS)
  • AB-821 Ecology of Arctic marine benthos (10 ECTS)
  • AB-823 Light climate and primary productivity in the Arctic (10 ECTS)
  • AB-825 Biotelemetric methods (10 ECTS)
  • AB-827 Arctic Microbiology (10 ECTS)
  • AB-830 Ecosystems in ice-covered waters (10 ECTS)
  • AB-832 Arctic marine molecular ecology (10 ECTS)
  • AB-834 Underwater robotics and polar night biology (10 ECTS)
  • AB-835 Ecosystem-based management of Arctic marine systems (10 ECTS)
Contact Person: ARCTOS Secretariat / Ulrike Grote (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0031 - Project management", "0031- Personal skills and communication", "0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography


Venue: UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

ARCTOS secretariat
Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics
Tromsø 9037


Application Procedure:

In order to become a member you have to belong to one of the core ARCTOS institutions: Akvaplan-niva, IMR, Nord University, NPI, UNIS, and UiT. Students have to have at least one supervisor belonging to one of the core ARCTOS institutions.

Send a short application (1/2 page) to including:

  • Why you want to become a member of ARCTOS
  • A description of your field of interest or the title of your MSc/PhD project and a short description
  • Do you already have cooperation with ARCTOS member(s) and if no, who would you like to cooperate with in particular? (not relevant for MSc/PhD students)
  • Students should name their supervisors
  • Short CV

The decision on membership is taken by the ARCTOS secretariat.


Academic level: Master, PhD

Qualification: Master of Science
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