Norwegian University of Life Sciences NMBU

Introduction

NMBU's mission is to contribute to the well-being of the planet. Our interdisciplinary research and study programmes generate innovations in food, health, environmental protection, climate and sustainable use of natural resources.

NMBU's research and study programmes are enabling people all over the world to tackle the big, global challenges regarding the environment, sustainable development, how to improve human and animal health, renewable energy sources, food production, and land- and resource management.

Campus Ås

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Campus Ås houses Norway's largest interdisciplinary academic environment in the life sciences.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) consists of seven faculties, of which six are located at Campus Ås and one is partially located at Campus Adamstuen (until 2019):

  • Biosciences
  • Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Food Science
  • Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
  • Landscape and Society
  • School of Economics and Business
  • Science and Technology
  • Veterinary Medicine

A new research and teaching building for veterinary science will open in 2019, meaning all seven faculties at NMBU will then be consolidated in Ås. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute will move to Campus Ås at the same time.

Campus Ås is also home to one of Norway's most beautiful parks, with a number of historical buildings, as well as Ås Farm, where research and teaching on traditional livestock are conducted.

Campus Ås covers a total area of 600 hectares in the municipality of Ås.

Two other major institutions are also co-located with NMBU at Campus Ås: key parts of the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Research (Nofima) and the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO).

Campus Adamstuen

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Campus Adamstuen is home to Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The faculty is Norway’s only institution of higher education for veterinarians with competence in two distinct academic fields: veterinary medicine and veterinary public health.

Veterinary medicine addresses animal health and well-being. Key areas include knowledge about diseases, diagnostics, and treatment. The field includes both production animals, including farmed fish, and companion animals.

Veterinary public health pertains to all aspects of preventing the spread of disease from animals to humans and is a field that is in increasing demand.

On 1 January 2014, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH) and the University of Life Sciences (UMB) were merged to form the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), consolidating research and teaching on the entire biological production chain under a single umbrella.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine comprises four departments at Campus Adamstuen:

  • Basic Sciences and Aquatic Medicine (Basam)
  • Food Safety and Infection Biology (Matinf)
  • Production Animal Clinical Sciences (Prodmed)
  • Companion Animal Clinical Sciences (Sportfamed)

Campus Adamstuen is also home to the University Animal Hospital, consisting of the Companion Animal Clinic, the Equine Clinic, and the Production Animal Clinic.

The University Animal Hospital treats sick animals from the entire country and is closely linked to the research and educational activities at NMBU School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is a biomedical research institute that shares premises with Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Campus Adamstuen. The Norwegian Veterinary History Museum is also located here.

Campus Adamstuen is scheduled to close in 2019, and NMBU School of Veterinary Medicine and the University Animal Hospital will then move into state-of-the-art veterinary premises at Campus Ås, meaning all three faculties will finally be co-located in one place. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute will move to Campus Ås at the same time.

A brand new veterinary science research and teaching building are currently being built at Campus Ås.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine also has a division located in south-western Norway: the Section for Small Ruminant Research in Høyland, Sandnes.

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc in Agroecology

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

Do you want to work in international teams solving complex problems? Are you concerned about the long-term sustainability of agriculture and food systems? If you answered yes, this program is for you! [+]

Do you want to work in international teams solving complex problems? Are you concerned about the long-term sustainability of agriculture and food systems? Do you want to link knowledge to action to make a difference? What can you use this qualification for? The program prepares students for a wide range of positions concerning conventional and organic agriculture and food systems, such as in advisory services and extension, development projects, management of agricultural and natural resources, environmental protection, and further education and research. What will you learn?

Students learn about farming and food systems, being good communicators and facilitators, and to able to turn theory into action. Students also learn how to reflect and to open up to new ideas while recognizing the goals, needs, and interests of their co-workers.... [-]


MSc in Animal Breeding and Genetics

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

The program supports European top-quality Masters Courses and enhances the global image of European higher education. [+]

What can you use this qualification for? Highly qualified graduates in the internationally operating area of animal breeding and genetics are needed. The program is highly relevant for students who wish to work in organizations focused in the field of sustainable animal breeding. What will you learn?

You will bridge the gap between quantitative and molecular genetics which are needed competence in the future. You can compose your own study plan with several courses in quantitative and molecular genetics. Some recommended courses are Molecular Biology, Models and Algorithms in Bioinformatics, Genome Analysis - Methodology, Molecular Genomics, Animal Breeding Plans, Theory and Application of Inbreeding Management.... [-]


Msc in Environment and Natural Resources - Specialisation Sustainable Water and Sanitation, Health and Development

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

Do you want to work with one of the most pressing environmental problems worldwide – water and sanitation? Do you want to find sustainable solutions that give lower climate footprint, increased food security and climate resilience? If you answered yes, this program might be for you. [+]

Do you want to work with one of the most pressing environmental problems worldwide – water and sanitation? Do you want to find sustainable solutions that give lower climate footprint, increased food security and climate resilience?

What can you use this qualification for? The United Nations targets access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation for all by 2030. The EU water directive has increased the activity in the water sector. This generates a need for experts that can design sustainable solutions. Students find employment in national and international institutions, municipalities, consultant companies, and industry or can start their own business. What will you learn? ... [-]

MSc in Feed Manufacturing Technology

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

You will achieve skills needed for higher level management in the feed milling industry and related industries. This master study is also an excellent background for further scientific research in feed technology. [+]

You will achieve skills needed for higher level management in the feed milling industry and related industries. This master study is also an excellent background for further scientific research in feed technology.

What can you use this qualification for? The study gives you unique knowledge about nutrition and processing technology. The competence is strongly needed in the feed industry. Your expert knowledge of animal feed production gives you many career opportunities. What will you learn?

The curriculum consists of a combination of nutritional, technological, chemical and physics topics, which combined will represent a unique approach to this topic. You will become familiar with state-of-the-art feed processing equipment. You will learn about formulations and processing of aquafeeds, pet foods and feeds for traditional production animals.... [-]


MSc in in Aquaculture

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

We offer courses in fish breeding, fish nutrition and planning and design of aquacultural plants, and you will get insight and knowledge about how those components/factors affect the effectiveness of production and influence the economic yield. [+]

What can you use this qualification for? Manager in the fish farming industry, quality control, governmental or extension positions, developing new aquaculture species, managing breeding programs, sales or administration. The Master degree is also a stepping stone to an academic career. What will you learn?

The program gives you broad and interdisciplinary strength and specialization in subjects of your choice. We offer courses in fish breeding, fish nutrition and planning and design of aquacultural plants, and you will get insight and knowledge about how those components/factors affect the effectiveness of production and influence the economic yield.

About

The study starts with introductory courses in physiology, health care, and water quality, before the fundamentals of genetics and breeding, fish nutrition and also practical and theoretical aspects of fish production and technology is covered. The aim of the study is to give the students broad practical and theoretical knowledge in different fields, before they complete their master thesis within a focus area, which can be chosen from fish breeding, fish nutrition, production technology or another area of interest, e.g. water or product quality. The master thesis project is normally taken over one year and offers great flexibility in terms of project type and location.... [-]


MSc in in Data Science

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

Do you want to solve the challenges of the future using Big Data? In our master program in Data Science you will learn how to combine informatics, mathematics and statistics with data analysis to deal with Big Data challenges. [+]

Do you want to solve the challenges of the future using Big Data? In our master program in Data Science, you will learn how to combine informatics, mathematics, and statistics with data analysis to deal with Big Data challenges.

What can you use this qualification for? Being an expert in the field of Data Science makes you highly attractive for the future labor market. Big Data challenges are present in all modern societies, all industrial sectors, and research and are expected to grow rapidly in future. Experts for ‘making sense’ out of this data are urgently needed in labor markets such as the communication sector, the energy sector, economy, precision agriculture, the construction sector, in research and the medical sector. What will you learn? ... [-]

MSc in in Ecology

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

Ecology is a key component in understanding global environmental challenges. There is a growing concern over the human impact on the environment, and the need for ecologists has never been greater. [+]

Ecology is a key component in understanding global environmental challenges. There is a growing concern over the human impact on the environment, and the need for ecologists has never been greater.

What can you use this qualification for? You will be qualified for tasks related to environmental monitoring, biological conservation, research, and education. Candidates work for a variety of employers, ranging from public government, NGOs, research institutions and the university sector. The programme has a strong research emphasis and can be the basis for further Ph.D. studies. What will you learn?

The first year you will tailor your study profile by selecting your favorite courses. It will require interactive participation by the students through presentations, short thematic reviews, term papers, and discussion sections.... [-]


MSc in in Economics

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

You study at one of Norway’s leading schools in economics, with an international reputation in the fields of environmental economics, energy economics, and development economics. [+]

You study at one of Norway’s leading schools in economics, with an international reputation in the fields of environmental economics, energy economics, and development economics.

What can you use this qualification for? Economists have specialized knowledge on how the economy influences societies and the well-being of inhabitants. This makes economists well suited to work on issues in environmental policy, energy systems, development aid, enterprise development, trade policy and general economic policy. Economists are therefore in high demand in the private and public sectors as well as by many non-governmental organizations. What will you learn?

NMBU School of Economics and Business will give you skills in economic analysis and broad insights on how economies work. You get extensive training in economic theory and analysis, in accordance with national and international standards.... [-]


MSc in International Development Studies

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

The program provides an understanding of global social, political and economic change. The degree provides a critical understanding of the history and current dynamics of globalization, and its impact on societies and environments. [+]

The program provides an understanding of global social, political and economic change. The degree provides a critical understanding of the history and current dynamics of globalization, and its impact on societies and environments.

What can you use this qualification for? Students find employment in a wide range of national and international institutions, government agencies, non-governmental development organizations, multilateral and bilateral aid organizations, businesses, research and teaching institutions. What will you learn?

The degree is distinguished by its combined use of research-based pedagogy and real-world study and practice as the foundation to understand what development means, and how it is practiced in a complex and changing global context. Students will gain a solid grounding in the concepts, theory, and practice of international development, and will learn about conditions for human development at the local and global levels, as well as the relationships between development and ecological processes.... [-]


MSc in International Environmental Studies

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

This program concerns the environmental challenges of our time and seeks solutions that combine both natural and social science approaches. This degree qualifies students to contribute to international, sustainable development. [+]

This program concerns the environmental challenges of our time and seeks solutions that combine both natural and social science approaches. This degree qualifies students to contribute to international, sustainable development.

What can you use this qualification for? Graduates can work in national and international agencies, ministries and environmental organizations. It also qualifies for jobs in development aid agencies, education, research institutions, media, consulting companies and international non-governmental organizations. What will you learn?

Students will learn about causes and effects of global environmental problems related foremost to climate change, loss of biodiversity, desertification, water availability, and land degradation. The program provides an in-depth understanding of the interactions between social and natural processes through which global environmental change takes place, and how governance structures and power relations influence current trends.... [-]


MSc in International Relations

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

Do you want to understand and analyze international relations today in terms of diplomacy, development and environmental sustainability? This program provides the opportunity to adapt to the new global reality. [+]

Do you want to understand and analyze international relations today in terms of diplomacy, development and environmental sustainability? This program provides the opportunity to adapt to the new global reality.

What can you use this qualification for? Graduates may compete for jobs within a civil administration, international organizations, research and education institutions, and within private sector working in international environments. This program is currently the only Master’s degree in International Relations offered at a Norwegian university. What will you learn?

Graduates gain an in-depth understanding of the political nature of why and how bilateral and multilateral institutions promote certain development policies, both spatially and temporally.... [-]


MSc in Plant Science

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

Are you interested in agriculture and horticulture, ecological agriculture or plant biology and the effect of climate and environment on growth and quality? Health aspects of flowers and food? If yes, this program is for you! [+]

Are you interested in agriculture and horticulture, ecological agriculture or plant biology and the effect of climate and environment on growth and quality? Health aspects of plants and food?

What can you use this qualification for? Work opportunities include managerial positions in environment or agriculture.You will be qualified for governmental, communal or private sectors as a manager, adviser/consultant, PhD-student, researcher, lecturer (with pedagogic). You can work internationally, in UN organizations like FAO, and NORAD. What will you learn?

Students will learn about flowers, fruits, berries, vegetables, and cereal. Understanding of plants function, and how the environment and climate effects on their functions. Genetics and molecular methods. Plant health and plant protection.... [-]


MSc in Radioecology

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

Are you interested in solving environmental challenges due to the nuclear industry and waste management? There is an urgent need for university-trained candidates within nuclear sciences, including radioecology. [+]

Are you interested in solving environmental challenges due to the nuclear industry and waste management? There is an urgent need for university-trained candidates within nuclear sciences, including radioecology.

What can you use this qualification for? You will qualify for a wide range of positions related to authorities responsible for the national legislation and the nuclear energy industry e.g., within governments, services, development projects, technical support and consultancy, environmental protection as well as within institutions responsible for research and education. What will you learn?

Radioecology is a key research area ranging from nuclear sources to impact and risk assessments and radiation protection. Your learning will be based on lectures, laboratory work, group work, real-life case studies and thematic thesis with an interdisciplinary approach, and through reflection on links between real-life situations and theory.... [-]


Master

Master in Aquatic Food Production - Safety and Quality (AQFood)

Campus 2 years January 2019 Norway As

QFood focuses on the production of aquatic food throughout the entire production and food supply chain, linking primary production including aquaculture and wild catch with processing and distribution to the consumers in terms of quality and safety. [+]

QFood focuses on the production of aquatic food throughout the entire production and food supply chain, linking primary production including aquaculture and wild catch with processing and distribution to the consumers in terms of quality and safety.

What can you use this qualification for? An increased demand for aquatic food in the world requires highly qualified candidates throughout the entire food chain. The growing aquatic food industry becomes more and more integrated, meaning that individual companies cover several parts of the entire value chain. What will you learn?

The program gives you a global understanding of the aquatic food production. You will learn about the entire value chain for aquatic food, from fishery and aquaculture throughout processing, distribution until the product reaches the consumer. The program is focusing on safety and quality, from sea to table.... [-]