Understanding living organisms and their relationship to the environment is crucial to creating sustainable solutions for the future. The Master of Biosciences at Nord University educates scientists who have a fundamental understanding of the importance of sustainability and advanced knowledge within their chosen area of specialisation.

Students can choose from specialisations within Aquaculture, Genomics, Marine Ecology and Terrestrial Ecology. A Masters in Biosciences from Nord University provides a competitive edge in the job market and our graduates can choose to work in a wide range of industries and fields.

Specialisation in Aquaculture:
Aquaculture refers to the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of aquatic environments. Aquaculture is probably the fastest growing food-producing sector globally, currently supplying almost 50 percent of the fish consumed worldwide. The specialisation in aquaculture aims to give students a deeper knowledge in selected areas of aquaculture. In this program, you will be part of our research team studying different aspects within aquaculture such as aquaculture nutrition, physiology, health, welfare and fillet quality. The master project can make use of the University's research station at campus Bodø or can be conducted in close cooperation with regional industry. This specialisation prepares you for a career in research, consulting or industry.

Specialisation in Marine Ecology:
Understanding how ecosystems function and how organisms interact within marine environments is becoming increasingly important as we see the impact of human activity on the environment. Life under water is fascinating, but challenging to study. In this programme, you will be part of research teams studying marine environments from various perspectives: evolutionary processes using molecular techniques, dynamics of diversity and communities, and modelling of hydrodynamical regimes. The understanding of such processes is essential for sustainably management of marine resources. This specialisation prepares you for a career in research, consulting, industry or environmental authorities.

Specialisation in Genomics:
Genomics, defined as the study of the structure, function and evolution of genomes, is at the forefront of modern biology. Technological breakthroughs over the past decade have revolutionised genomics and all related fields of biosciences. Master projects in genomics target a range of organisational levels in biology, from the molecular level to that of populations, from cells to organisms. Previously intractable research questions can now lead to answers. You will gain knowledge on how to collect, analyse and interpret large data sets using bioinformatics. Projects in the field of genomics are often interdisciplinary, and relate to a wide range of biological disciplines, such as ecology, reproduction, development, physiology, evolutionary biology, toxicology, and ethology. A specialisation in genomics prepares you for a career in biotechnology, medicine, management, or academia.

Specialisation in Terrestrial Ecology and Nature Management

Land use that secures biodiversity and healthy ecosystems was recognized by the Brundtland Commision some 25 years ago. Sustainable land management requires people with knowledge and skills in both science and management, who are able to develop solutions, communicate effectively and lead change. This programme prepares you for a career in nature management and research by providing deep insight into and knowledge about the tools available to secure sustainable use of natural resources.

Application deadline Nordic applicants: April 15
EU applicants: April 1
Non-EU applicants: December 1
Formal prerequisites
  • Higher education entrance qualification
  • Documented proficiency in English language
  • Bachelor's degree within a biological field with an average grade of C or better. Students need a minimum of 60 ECTS in biosciences courses and must have basic knowledge of mathematics, statistics and chemistry at university level.
Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Master, 2 years
City Bodø
Credits 120.0
Language of teaching English