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Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)

Together with other research institutes established at Aas, UMB provides state-of-the-art knowledge based on a broad range of disciplines. UMB's main objectives are:

  • To be a major player in the field of life sciences, focusing on the core disciplines:
    • biology, food and environmental science
    • land use and natural resource management
    • as well as associated aesthetic and technical subjects
  • To actively contribute to business development and continue to strengthen the scientific basis for agriculture, aquaculture and other industries based on the utilisation of natural resources.

A broad range of study programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD level.

Institution acronym NMBU
Institution type University
Postal address P.O. Box 5003
Zip NO-1432
City Aas
Telephone (+47) 64 96 50 00
Fax (+47) 64 96 50 01
Institution website

Organization description
Founded in 1859 as the only Norwegian agricultural post-graduate college, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) is now recognised as a leading international centre of knowledge, focused on higher education and research within environmental- and biosciences. UMB focuses specifically on:

  • biology
  • food
  • environment
  • land use and natural resource management
In total, there are some 3,800 students at UMB of which about 430 are PhD students. Annually, UMB confers about 50 to 60 PhD degrees upon successful candidates. There are many different nationalities at UMB.

The international students make up about 15% of all students at the University. About 180 of the 600 courses at the Bachelor and Master level are taught in English, as well as many PhD level courses. Seven Master-level and one Bachelor-level programme(s) are conducted fully in English. Besides theoretical and scientific education, emphasis is placed on practical training.

Around 30% of UMB students conduct part of their studies abroad.

Contact Student Information Centre
Telephone (+47) 64 96 61 00
Fax (+47) 64 96 60 21
International office website
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