Ecology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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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. This programme is offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).


What can you use this qualification for?

You will be qualified for tasks related to environmental monitoring, research and education, sustainable forestry and agriculture, biological conservation, bioethics, and a range of technical professions. The Ecology 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 personal study profile by selecting your favourite courses. It 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's thesis, is the main focus the second year. Students specializing in Tropical ecology and management of natural resources will collect field data in Africa, Asia, South America or Latin America.

Short description

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) specialization in General ecology will give you a thorough understanding of central elements of ecology. You will be able to understand and recognize the complexity of ecosystems. You will have an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes that have formed biological diversity, and have an up-to-date knowledge about global change and its impact on organisms and ecosystems. You can choose from a wide range of courses. The specialization in Tropical ecology and management of natural resources will give you solid knowledge about the biology and ecology of the tropics.

It addresses current challenges in tropical ecology like habitat destruction and biodiversity decline. Here the interrelationships between poverty, land-use and nature conservation are central. You will learn about some of the most spectacular areas on earth, and will collect field data in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

Programme Structure

The following courses are compulsory for all students:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Methods in Natural Sciences.

For students with weak statistical background a course in statistics is recommended.

In addition for students that follow the study direction General Ecology:

  • Global Change Ecology,
  • Genetic Basis of Biodiversity

... and at least one of the following 300-level courses:

  • Photobiology,
  • Molecular Markers for Plant Genomics,
  • Ecological Entomology,
  • Behavioural and Population Ecology,
  • Landscape Ecology,
  • Ecology and Management of Rivers and Lakes,
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Ecotoxicology or Restoration Ecology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The applicants must have obtained a Bachelors 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free National


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