Freshwater Ecology - Biology - master
Explore the exiting life in freshwater! Immerse yourself in topics such as competition, predation, parasitism, ecological speciation, migration, population and community ecology in waters, lakes or costal areas. "Carpe diem"
|Qualification:||Master`s of Science in Biology|
|Admission requirements:||Bachelor`s degree in Biology or related subject area|
|Application deadline:||15 April/1 November|
Master`s projects are usually related to topical activities within freshwater ecology, which include research in lakes, rivers and costal areas related to landlocked and anadromous populations of fish (in particular salmonids) as well as invertebrates. Research activities comprise basic aspects of ecology and more applied topics related to nature and resource management. Important keywords are population and community ecology, predation, competition, parasitism, trophic ecology, ecological speciation, invasion biology, anadromy, life history and migration.
Students enrolled in the Master`s discipline in Freshwater ecology will acquire broad skills in ecological and evolutionary theory, management-related knowledge and key methodologies for research in freshwater and fish ecology. With a degree within this area the students will be ready to take on jobs within nature management, higher education and consultancy, or continue with research within freshwater ecology and related subjects.
For more information about the research group see:Freshwater ecology
Recommended elective courses for the master's discipline:
- Bio-3525 Evolution and Ecologically driven speciation (spring, every 2 year) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3519 Parasittologi og epidemiologi (norwegian course, utumn) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3111 GIS and remote sensing (autumn) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3122 Northern Populations and Ecosystems (spring) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3004 Ecosystem-based management (spring) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3002 Ecological Applications (spring) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3805/3810/3815/3820 Individual Special Curriculum (autumn/spring) - 5/10/15/20 ECTS
Students are encouraged to discuss with supervisors what will be the optimal set of courses
|Term||10 ects||10 ects||10 ects|
|First semester (autumn)||
Elective course (5 ECTS)
|Second semester (spring)||
BIO-350X Study design and data analysis in biology II (10 ECTS)
Compulsory for all Master`s students in biology
|Third semester (autumn)|
|Fourth semester (spring)|
After graduation, it is expected that candidates will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- Display good capability of critical analysis of scientific literature and research
- Display good communication skills, oral and written, in the presentation of scientific work
- Have a solid and broad knowledge of living organisms
- Have a solid knowledge of biological processes from the molecular level to the ecological level
- Have an advanced level of knowledge in one of the disciplines offered
- Be able to plan, carry out and report on a specific research project
- Be able to work independently in the field and/or in the laboratory
- Be able to analyze and evaluate scientific data and literature
- Be able to work independently with problem solving
Admission to the Master`s programme in Biology requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in Biology or equivalent qualification in biology. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.
The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester and November 1st for admission to the spring semester.The application deadline for students outside the Nordic countries (self-financed applicants) is December 1st. Admittance to the programme commencing in the autumn semester. More information is available at: General admission requirements for self-financed applicants
Teaching and assessment
Course examinations may be oral or written examinations, assessments of project work/ lab reports/field reports, often in combination.
Supervision of the project work that leads to the writing of the Master`s thesis will be given by faculty staff, sometimes in co-operation with an external supervisor.
Many Master`s students in Biology are connected to common projects involving Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and other institutes in Tromsø that carry out biological research and consultation work, e.g. Norwegian Polar Institute, Institute of Marine Research, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Bioforsk, Akvaplan-niva and Nofima.