M.Sc. Ecology - General Ecology

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Application deadline: December 1st (International apllicants); June 1st (Norwegian applicants)
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Why study General Ecology?o It is a key component in understanding global environmental challenges.
o There is a growing concern over the human impact on the environment.
o The need for ecologists has never been greater.

Mandatory courses in genetic basis of biodiversity, ecological methodology, and global change ecology and conservation biology will give you a thorough understanding of central elements of ecology.

In addition you can choose from a wide range of courses depending on interest, for instance bird ecology, forest ecology and forest history, insect ecology, lichen ecology, molecular evolution, plant-animal interactions, plant ecophysiology, pollination biology, vertebrate population dynamics, and wetland ecology.

The programme has strong research emphasis.


During the first year you will tailor your personal study profile by selecting your favorite courses.

The course work will require interactive participation by the students through presentations, short thematic reviews, term papers and discussion sections. An individual research project, i.e. the Master thesis, is the main focus the second year.

Mandatory courses:
Conservation Biology
Genetic Basis of Biodiversity
Global Change Ecology
Scientific Methodology in Ecology and Management of Natural Resources
Special Cyllabus
Master´s thesis

At least one of the following courses:
Behavioral and Population Ecology
Ecological Entomology
Environmental Pollutants and Ecotoxicology
Landscape Ecology
Molecular Evolution
Pollination and Reproductive Ecology of Plants
Restoration Ecology
The Ecology and Management of Rivers and Lakes

You have to meet the prerequisites for the chosen 300-level course to obtain the Master´s degree in Ecology.


The applicants must have obtained a Bachelor´s degree, or its equivalent, in natural sciences (e.g. biology, ecology, natural resource management, agricultural or environmental sciences) with basic knowledge in statistics/research methods.

Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with the UMB regulations for programmes taught in English.


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