M.Sc. Marine Ecology

University of Nordland | Bodø, Norway
Are you interested in marine ecosystems in the Arctic? Are you fascinated by how genes interact with the environment? Or are you attracted by how new technology may be used within marine sciences? Our MSc in Marine Ecology incorporates these and other future-oriented challenges.

Description of Marine Ecology


The unique combination between Marine Ecology, Molecular Biology and Oceanography makes this programme truly innovative. The objective of the MSc is to provide students with scientific and practical skills in frontier research and understanding relevant to bio-physical interactions in the ocean, environmental protection and management. The programme aims at investigating the basic functioning of marine ecosystems and their sensitivity to climate and anthropogenic effects by using novel platforms in ocean science and molecular genomics.

The programme includes three compulsory courses: Scientific Methods, Biophysical Interactions and Evolutionary Genetics. In addition you will choose 30 credits elective courses. The Master´s thesis comprises a supervised independent scientific work of 60 credits.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline February 1: non-European citizens; 1 April: European citizens; April 15: applicants with residence permit in Norway.
Tuition fee

There is no tuition fee, only a fee for registration, copy fee, sit for exams and welfare of 90 per year.

Not specified
Start date August  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The MSc comprises e.g. lectures, group work, tutorials, laboratory practise, and self-tuition.

Requirements for Marine Ecology

General entry requirements for higher education in Norway as specified by Nokut (The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education).

Students who are not native speakers of English, must document knowledge of English with one of the tests indicated below.
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor´s degree (or equivalent) in biological sciences, and have minima of 60 ECTS credits biological courses, 5 credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics as well as 10 ECTS credits physics or chemistry. The average mark must be C or better either for the entire degree or on the core of the 60 ECTS specialisation.

Work Experience for Marine Ecology

No work experience is required.

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University of Nordland, Norway

Norway University of Nordland (UIN) is a place for learning, experience and research for approximately 600 staff and 6030 students. With learning facilities across Nordland County, UIN is an important institution for learning, study and research in the region.

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