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Marine Ecology and Resource Biology - Biology - Master

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost No tuition or monthly / annual payments

The Master`s discipline in Marine ecology and resource biology is a diverse field of study, covering marine ecology, biodiversity, fisheries ecology, fish biology and aquaculture. Master`s projects may be chosen within the following main areas of research:

  • Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Fisheries Ecology
  • Fish Biology and Aquaculture

Recommended elective courses for the Master's discipline, within the main topics include:

Marine ecology and biodiversity:

  • BIO-3015 Arctic Marine System Ecology and Climate Change (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Bio-3504 Production and Growth in Polar Areas (spring) - 10 ECTS
  • Bio-3009 Arctic Marine Pollution (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Bio-3524 Applied ecological statistics (autumn/spring) - 10 ECTS
  • Bio-3506 Top predators (autumn every 2. year) - 10 ECTS

Fisheries ecology:

  • Bio-3506 Top predators (autumn every 2. year) - 10 ECTS
  • Bio-3512 Early life history of marine fishes (spring) - 10 ECTS
  • Bio-3516 The biological basis of fisheries science (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Bio-3524 Applied ecological statistics (spring) - 10 ECTS

Fish biology and aquaculture:

  • Bio-2504 Fish physiology (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Bio-2506 Introduction to Fish biology (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Bio-2508 Aquaculture (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3011 Advances in Aquaculture (spring) - 15 ECTS
  • Bio-3512 Early life history of marine fish (spring) - 10 ECTS
  • Bio-3516 The biological basis of fisheries science (autumn) - 10 ECTS

All topics:

  • BIO-3805/3810/3815/3820 Individual Special Curriculum (autumn/spring) - 5/10/15/20 ECTS

Compulsory courses are dependet on the Master`s topic, and students are encouraged to discuss with supervisors what would be their optimal set of courses.

Structural components
Internship/Workplace experience
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

Please, find HERE ( the step-by-step procedure to apply.

Learning outcomes

Students will have the ability to:

  • Formulate relevant research questions in an independent manner, and apply theories, concepts and methods pursuant to the scientific and ethical standards in the field.
  • To search for and evaluate recent biological research in a critical manner, and to make assessments using scientific knowledge in the field.
  • To present biological knowledge and ideas in an instructive manner to researchers, policy makers and the general public.

General proficiency

  • Have acquired specialized expertise in one of the disciplines offered
  • Have the competence to analyze biological problems that require skills at a high level.
  • Apply their knowledge and skills in biological theory and methods in new areas relevant to society
  • Have sufficient competence to participate in and to evaluate research projects or to advance to doctoral studies


Admission to the Master`s programme in Biology requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification.  An additional requirement is specialization in biological topics (i.e. biodiversity (zoology/botany), ecology, cell-and molecular biology, microbiology, physiology (animal/plant), biochemistry and bioinformatics) worth a minimum of 80 ECTS.

Applicants with a degree in Agricultural studies, Biomedical laboratory sciences ("Bioingeniør"), Bachelor of Pharmacy, Medicine or Dentistry does not fulfil the admission requirements.

Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand: An average grade C as a minimum requirement.

Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade B as a minimum requirement. 

The average grade is calculated from the entire bachelor's degree.

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

Application deadline: April 15th for admission to the autumn semester and November 1st for admission to the spring semester.

Online application is via Søknadsweb, study code 6001.

International appplicants/Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

Application deadline: December 1st for admission to the autumn semester. 

Online application, study code 2004.

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