Natural resources are of great value to humankind and must be maintained for future generations. Master's students will gain knowledge on the living organism in the marine and terrestrial environment. The importance of sustainability in a wide context. The study programme aims to give the students advanced knowledge in biosciences within specializations available in the four fields: aquaculture, genomic, marine or terrestrial ecology. A Master of Biosciences gives you a competitive edge in the job market, and we give you the flexibility to choose from a range of profiles, depending on your career goals. 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 in close cooperation with the regional industry. This program prepares you for a career in research, consulting or industry. Specialisation in Marine ecology:The study of the functioning of ecosystems and how organisms interact within marine environments, becomes increasingly important as human activity continues to exploit and affect marine ecosystems. The life under water is fascinating, but challenging to study. In this program, you will be part of our research teams studying different 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 to sustainably manage marine resources in the future and, therefore, this program prepares you for a career in research, consulting, industry or environmental authorities. Specialisation in genomics:Genomics, defined as the study of 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 organisation levels in biology, from the molecular level to that of populations, via cells and organisms. Exiting research questions that were previously intractable can now be addressed. 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 for career opportunities in biotechnology, medicine, management, or academia.   Specialisation in Terrestrial Ecology and Nature Management Sustainable use of nature is a challenge and critical to ensure the human population in the future. It includes a use of nature resources and land areas of the earth that secures biodiversity and healthy ecosystems as recognized by the Brundtland Commision some 25 years ago. To meet the challenges we need people with knowledge and skills in this field of scientific research and management who are able to communicate and find management solutions. This program prepares you for a career in nature management and research by a deep insight and knowledge about the tools available to secure a sustainable us of nature 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 must have basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics, and need a minimum of 60 ECTS in bioscientific courses.
Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Master, 2 years
City Bodø
Credits 120.0
Language of teaching English