Master in Biology

General

Program Description

The unique geographical location makes the UiT The Arctic University of Norway an ideal place to study the arctic environment. Specialize in a biological field that interests you, and acquire 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 the organization, from molecules and cells via organisms to ecosystems, in terrestrial as well as marine environments.

Program description

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Credits (ECTS): 120
  • Admission requirements: Bachelor's degree with a major in biology (min 80 ECTS)
  • Degree Name: Master's of Science in Biology
  • Application code:
    • Norwegian and Nordic applicants: 6001
    • International applicants: 2004

Several Master`s disciplines are offered which reflect the UiT The Arctic University of Norway`s unique geographic location in the high north. They provide opportunities to explore an array of fascinating questions within modern biology and emphasize some of society`s challenges: with regard to the management of natural resources and biodiversity.

Each discipline is connected to ongoing and relevant research in different fields. They will provide the relevant theoretical background, training in the state of the art laboratory and field methods as well as training in presentation and knowledge transfer proficiency.

Learning outcomes

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 program are expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined by general proficiency, knowledge, and skills:

Knowledge

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

Skills

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, policymakers, 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.

Job prospectives

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 the 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.

Program structure

Term 10 credits 10 credits 10 credits 10 credits
First semester (autumn)
Elective course
HMS-0501 Sikkerhet på laboratoriet, verksted, felt og tokt
HMS-0502 Førstehjelp lab, verksted, felt og tokt
HMS-0503 UiTs regelverk for feltarbeid og tokt
HMS-0504 Biologisk materiale
Elective course
Elective course
Second semester (spring)
BIO-3503 Aquatic Animal Welfare
HEL-6320 Animal Experimentation for Researchers
Elective course
Compulsory for all Master`s students in biology
BIO-3012 Study design and data analysis in Biology II
Elective course
Third semester (autumn)
BIO-3950 Master's Thesis Biology
BIO-3950 Master's Thesis Biology BIO-3950 Master's Thesis Biology BIO-3950 Master's Thesis Biology
Fourth semester (spring)
BIO-3950 Master's Thesis Biology
BIO-3950 Master's Thesis Biology BIO-3950 Master's Thesis Biology BIO-3950 Master's Thesis Biology

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. The 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.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master`s program in Biology requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification.  An additional requirement is a 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 fulfill 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 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.

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.

The online application is via Søknadsweb, study code 6001.

International applicants/Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

Application deadline: December 1st for admission to the autumn semester. 

Online application, study code 2004.

Teaching and assessment

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.

Access to further studies

On successful completion of the degree program, students may be qualified for admission to a Ph.D.-program in Biology at the UiT or elsewhere.

Exchange

Students can apply for exchange studies or fieldwork abroad according to the available cooperation agreements within scholarship programs such as Erasmus, Nordplus, Barentsplus, or North2North. Please consult the program study adviser for more information. Students can also undertake periods of studying at The University Centre at Svalbard, UNIS.

Last updated Jan 2021

About the School

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a medium-sized research university that contributes to knowledge-based development at the regional, national, and international levels.

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