Ecology deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. As a master’s student in ecology, you will study how nature and its processes work.

This knowledge is a prerequisite for combatting important environmental challenges such as habitat fragmentation, biodiversity loss, pollution and climate change.

You choose between two specialisations:

General ecology

Tropical ecology and management of natural resources

General ecology will give you a thorough understanding of central elements of ecology. You will be able to understand and recognize the complexity of ecosystems. You will gain an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes that have formed biological diversity and have an up-to-date knowledge about global change and its impact on organisms and ecosystems.

The specialization in Tropical ecology and management of natural resources will give you solid knowledge about the biology and ecology of the tropics. It addresses current challenges in tropical ecology like habitat destruction and biodiversity decline. Here the interrelationships between poverty, land-use and nature conservation are central. You will learn about some of the most spectacular areas on earth, and will collect field data in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

Application deadline Nordic applicants: April 15
EU applicants: April 15
Non EU-applicants: December 1
Formal prerequisites

Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree included a specialization worth 80 ECTS. Documented proficiency in English in accordance with NMBU regulations.

Applicants must have obtained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in their degree.

A Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, in natural sciences, with solid knowledge of ecology and ecological processes.

Students who have already obtained a master’s degree in Norway will not be prioritised.

Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Master, 2 years
City Ås
Credits 120.0