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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"
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-3519 Parasittologi og epidemiologi (norwegian course, autumn) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3111 GIS and remote sensing (autumn) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3013 Northern food web ecology (autumn) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3004 Ecosystem-based management (spring) - 10 ECTS
- BIO-3028 Ecological and Evolutionary Interactions (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
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:
- Freshwater ecology
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
- 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.
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Compulsory for all Master`s students in biology
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|Fourth semester (spring)|
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:
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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