Radioecology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
With the Master in Radioecology offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) you will gain knowledge about radioecology; behaviour of radionuclides in the environment, as well as impact and risk assessment based on radiochemistry and radiation protection, the nuclear industry and waste management, project management and research methods.


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 at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) 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 interdisciplinary approach, and through reflection on links between real-life situations and theory.

Short description

Skills in these areas are required not only to deal with currently installed nuclear capacity and decommissioned facilities, but also to meet the needs presented by likely new build nuclear installations. The first year provides basic course modules as well as the initiating of the research project. The second year is dedicated to experiments, data, collection and analysis, i.e. finalizing the master thesis. The course modules will be held at NMBU with support from collaborating European universities.

Why study Radioecology? 

  • There is an urgent need of university trained candidates within nuclear sciences, including radioecology. 
  • You are interested in solving environmental challenges due to the nuclear industry and waste management.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Pollutants and Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Exposures and Human Health
  • Effect and Biomarker Methods in Toxicology
  • Advanced Hydrogeology
  • Global and Local Pollution of Soils and Environment
  • Instrumental Inorganic Analysis
  • Assessing Risk to Man and Environment
  • Biogeochemistry, Global Change
  • Water Pollution

                  Detailed Programme Facts

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                    NON EU-EEA

                    • The application period is 15 October - 1 December.


                    • The application portal opens 15 February - 15 April for early admission, 1 June for regular.
                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 24 months
                  • Credits
                    120 ECTS
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:


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                    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).

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                    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

                  Bachelor’s degree (BSc) or equivalent at least 180 ECTS.

                  Bachelor’s degree (BSc) or equivalent education in any field relevant to the environment (e.g. chemistry, ecology, biology, resource management, agriculture, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, geography etc.) is required, as well as background in inorganic chemistry. 

                  Applicants must have a relevant specialisation of minimum 80 ECTS credits. Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with NMBU regulations. Average of C to be qualified.

                  The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration requires that citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA-area and Switzerland can provide documentation of financial ability.

                  Tuition Fee

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                  There are no tuition fees at NMBU. As a student you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 10,000 per month in order to cover basic expenses.

                  Living costs for Ås

                  • 9420 - 15000 NOK/month
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