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 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 organization, from molecules and cells via organisms to ecosystems, in terrestrial as well as marine environments.

Programme description

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 the society`s challenges: with regard to the 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:

  • Arctic animal physiology
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Marine ecology and resource biology
  • Molecular environmental biology
  • Northern populations and ecosystem

Learning outcomes

A Master's candidate is expected to have an 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 proficiency, 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, 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

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.

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 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.

Access to further studies

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

Exchange possibilities

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, UNIS

Program taught in:
  • English

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Aug 2020
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