Analysis and Control of Microbial Systems



Teaching involves both regular courses and supervision of Master and PhD students.


Master project topics

are normally directly connected to ongoing research, see Main menu for current running Master projects and Research projects . Previous Master and PhD works are included in the Research topics section, also listing relevant Master works performed elsewhere including abroad.

Please note that Master projects both has been and will be performed at a variety of departments of NTNU and Sintef in Trondheim, at a variety of laboratories, colleges and universities in Norway, as well as in other countries as illustrated in the Research topics section.

It is, however, strongly advised that students contact the most relevant professor in our group before planning master studies abroad. In any such case, it is the responsibility of us at NTNU to secure the quality of the student's actual working conditions and local follow-up and supervision.

New topics suggested for future work will be presented separately in due time.


PhD project topics

depend on financial support, either directly for a particular research project or as a scholarship for some outstanding student. Completed PhDs are included in the Research topics section, current running PhD projects are listed under Research projects.

New topics that has obtained financial support will be announced separately in due time.



Individual tutoring is agreed upon individually. It can be organized as a weekly routine or on a need basis, and will involve those of relevance for each individual project.

All Master and PhD students also participate in regular gatherings of the ACMS group of students and employees for open discussions; to facilitate network building, teamwork skills, and efficient problem solving for mutual benefit. We also have regular progress presentations and discussions of "hot" topics. This group is organized and communicate as a Microsdoft Teams group with regular meetings every second week during the semester:

Olav Vadstein in action at regular ACMS Gruppa Meeting. Photo: K Østgaard.


The group is involved in the teaching of the following subjects:

TBT4110 Microbiology: This course is meant to give the students knowledge about cell structure and function of bacteria as well as an understanding as to how the bacteria live and grow and their interactions with the environment. The exercises will give the students experience in microscopy and how to work with microorganisms.

TBT4130 Environmental biotechnology: Goal: To give a unified and basic introduction to biotechnological principles and methods applied to solve environmental problems.

TBT4505 Biotechnology, Specialization Course: The aim is that the students shall gain theoretical knowledge within central topics of biotechnology. Each student select two courses of 3.75 SP. One such alternative is T-1 Error Analysis and Research Planning . Goal: The purpose of this module is to give the students understanding of and practice in error and random analysis plus an introduction to research planning. Content: Hypothesis testing, error propagation, statistical analysis and distributions, multivariate analysis for statistical research planning and design as well as principal component analysis, and finally non-statistical research planning and error search, extended redundance.

At PhD level:

BT8101 Microbial Ecology: The goal of the course is to give basic knowledge for analysing microbial ecosystems; both natural and human created/controlled ecosystems like intensive plants for treatment of water and waste. The course is given every other year.