Molecular Environmental Biology - Biology - master
|Qualification:||Master`s of Science in Biology.|
|Admission requirements:||Bachelor`s degree in biology or related subject area|
|Application deadline:||1 December|
The Master`s discipline in Molecular environmental biology focuses on the molecular analysis of plants and microorganisms. Research areas cover a broad range of modern research topics ranging from molecular communication within plant cells to functional microbiology and plant/microbe interactions. Students may choose from a variety of different courses applying modern methods of experimental molecular biology and bioinformatics for the study of plant and microbe systems. All courses are designed specifically to prepare the candidates for their Master`s thesis. Also, the active participation in common seminars and courses are expected as an important part of scientific training.
The Master`s Thesis offers an opportunity for a thorough study within one selected field of research and the participation in an ongoing research project among the following:
- Analysis of molecular signaling and transport processes within and between individual plant and bacterial cells
- Biochemistry and cell biology of parasitic plants and the interaction with their hosts
- Communication and interaction of plants and microorganisms with each other and with the environment.
- Diversity and function of microbial communities in environments such as Arctic soil and the rumen of Arctic animals.
For more information about the research group see:
Recommended elective courses for the Master's discipline:
- BIO-3134 Applied Microbial Genetics (autumn every 2. year) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3132 Techniques in Plant Biotechnology ( spring every 2. year) - 10 ECTS
- MBI-3006 Biotechnology (autumn) - 10 ECTS
- MBI-3007 Eukaryotic Genes and Genomics (spring) - 10 ECTS
- KJE-3402 Protein Structure (autumn) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3805/3810/3815/3820 Individual Special Curriculum (autumn/spring) - 5/10/15/20 ECTS
- Courses at The University Centre at Svalbard:
- AB-327 Arctic microbiology (summer) - 10 ECTS
Students are encouraged to discuss with supervisors what will be the optimal set of courses.
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|First semester (autumn)||
Elective course (5 ECTS)
|Second semester (spring)||
BIO-350X Study design and data analysis in biology II
Compulsory for all Master`s students in biology
|Third semester (autumn)|
|Fourth semester (spring)|
BIO-3005 Seminar: 30 hours; 1 hour weekly spread over 3 semesters
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.