University of Bergen

Biology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


Bergen's location offers unique opportunities to use nature as a classroom and we emphasise a hands-on approach by extensive use of data analysis, field work and interactive discussions with our staff and students from around the world.

The master's programme in biology offers various areas of specialisations within the biology field. The first year you will take courses that amount to 60 ECTS credits, while the whole second year is devoted to working with your master's thesis that also amounts to 60 ECTS credits. This gives you the chance to focus on your own independent scientific work for a whole year.

Master thesis

As a master's student at UiB you will belong to an academic group that provides your teaching and supervision, including numerous resources to support your studies.

  • The master's thesis makes up half the programme, one year. (In many cases, the completed research will be suited for primary publication in a scientific journal.)
  • You will find a thesis research topic in collaboration with academic staff. The available topics are decided from available supervisors and other resources. We encourage you to include your major areas of research interest in your application, so that potential supervisors are made aware of these.
  • We encourage all our master's students to be proactive and contact academic staff during the first year of the programme and to start contemplating about a subject for the master's thesis in year two. You will receive guidance and advice throughout the second year from your academic supervisor.

In general, thesis research topics are encouraged to contain field work, laboratory or computer analysis work, statistical or conceptual synthesis, and a write-up that puts the study and its findings into the context of previously published research.


  • Aquaculture biology
  • Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology
  • Developmental biology and physiology
  • Environmental toxicology
  • Fisheries biology and management
  • Marine biology
  • Microbiology
Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme are eligible for a wide range of career paths in both public and private sector. Our master's programme in biology makes you eligible to work at for instance consultancy agencies in various ministries and directorates in counties or municipalities, or in biological or environmental research institutes and industries, such as fish farming companies etc..

Our graduates have landed jobs as for instance:

  • Aquaculture technician at Sterling White Halibut
  • Conceptual developer at Nature:xpo
  • Advisor at the Norwegian Environment Agency

The Biology programme is offered by the University of Bergen.

Programme Structure

  • Microbiology
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Biological Data Analysis and Research Design
  • Experimental Microbiology
  • Biostatistics

For more information, please visit the programme website.

                            Detailed Programme Facts

                            English Language Requirements

                            You only need to take one of these language tests:

                            • Minimum required score:


                              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.

                              Book IELTS
                            • Minimum required score:


                              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:


                              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

                            Admission Requirements

                            In order to qualify for admission to this programme you must have completed a bachelor's degree in biology or equivalent. Your academic performance in biology is essential when considering whether you qualify for admission. We encourage you to include your major areas of research interest and area of spesialization in your application, so that potential supervisors are made aware of these. 

                            Tuition Fee

                            • International Applies to you

                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                            • EU/EEA Applies to you

                              Tuition Fee
                              Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                            We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                            The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship.

                            Living costs for Bergen

                            • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
                              Living Costs

                            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                            Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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