Marine Ecology and Resource Biology

Tilhører studiet:
Photo: Bjørn Gulliksen
Photo: Bjørn Gulliksen

Marine Ecology and Resource Biology

Tilhører studiet:
Application deadline
1 December
How to apply?

Take advantage of the opportunity to explore the organisms in the ocean. Immerse yourself in exciting topics as marine resources, plankton or marine ecology and marine biodiversity.

Questions about the study

Camilla Andreassen

Student advisor

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

The Master`s projects are usually related to field and experimental activities within the research group Arctic marine system ecology. For more information about the research group see: Arctic marine system ecology

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-3020 Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3524 Applied ecological statistics (autumn/spring) - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3029 Sea Ice Habitats and Biology (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.

A Master's candidate is expected to have advanced and comprehensive knowledge of biological methodology, theories, concepts and scientific approaches. The candidates who complete the programme are expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined by general proficincy, knowledge and skills:

Students will have advanced knowledge in biology and in the following discipline:

  • Marine ecology and resource biology

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

A Master`s of Science degree in Biology will prepare students for a wide range of jobs, in both public and private sectors, including; research, administration, consulting and the teaching profession.
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.

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
First semester (autumn)
Elective course
Elective course
Elective course
Second semester (spring)
Compulsory for students with Master`s topic on fish
Elective course
Compulsory for all Master`s students in biology
Elective course
Third semester (autumn)
Fourth semester (spring)
Compulsory courses are depended on the master topic, and the students are encouraged to discuss with supervisors what would be the optimal set of courses.

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 (3.0) 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.

More information on admission requirements:

General admission requirements-Master

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.

How to apply for admission to UiT? Read more here

Several teaching and assessment methods are employed, including lectures, seminars, laboratory work, computer lab and field courses. These will vary from course to course.
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.


On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to to a PhD-programme in Biology at the University of Tromsø or elsewhere.

Students can apply for exchange studies or field work abroad according to the available cooperation agreements within scholarship programmes such as Erasmus, Nordplus, Barentsplus or North2North. Please consult the programme study adviser for more information.

Students can also undertake periods of studying at The University Centre at Svalbard

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