The unique geographical location makes the UiT The Arctic University of Norway as an ideal place to study the arctic environment. Specialize in a biological field that interest you, and aquire knowledge that gives you special skills in your future work. Our general focus of research and teaching is adaptions to life at high latitudes, therein dealing with mechanisms at all levels of organization, from molecules and cells via organisms to ecosystems, in terrestrial as well as marine environments.
Several Master`s disciplines are offered which reflect the UiT The Arctic University of Norways unique geographic location in the high north. They provide opportunities to explore an array of fascinating questions within modern biology and emphasize some of the society`s challenges: with regard to management of natural resources and biodiversity.
Each discipline is connected to ongoing and relevant research in the different fields. They will provide the relevant theoretical background, training in state of the art laboratory and field methods as well as training of presentation and knowledge transfer proficiency.
The Master`s programme in biology offers the following disciplines:
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 one of the following disciplines offered:
- Arctic animal physiology
- Freshwater ecology
- Marine ecology and resource biology
- Molecular environmental biology
- Northern populations and ecosystem
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
|Third semester (autumn)|
|Fourth semester (spring)|
The course BIO-3503/HEL-6320 is compulsory for students who carry out experiments on living animals. Please note that there is an own application deadline for HEL-6320. Amount of compulsory and elective courses will vary depending on the Master's Discipline. The course portfolio taken by individual students will be decided upon by consultation with project supervisors. You may start on work for a 60 ECTS thesis in the second or third term, depending on your own preferences and the character of the project.
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 UiT 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.
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