MSc Biology - Freshwater Ecology

General information

Explore the exiting life in freshwater! Immerse yourself in topics such as competition, predation, parasitism, ecological speciation, migration, population and community ecology in waters, lakes or costal areas. "Carpe diem"

Master`s projects are usually related to topical activities within freshwater ecology, which include research in lakes, rivers and costal areas related to landlocked and anadromous populations of fish (in particular salmonids) as well as invertebrates. Research activities comprise basic aspects of ecology and more applied topics related to nature and resource management. Important keywords are population and community ecology, predation, competition, parasitism, trophic ecology, ecological speciation, invasion biology, anadromy, life history and migration.

Students enrolled in the Master`s discipline in Freshwater ecology will acquire broad skills in ecological and evolutionary theory, management-related knowledge and key methodologies for research in freshwater and fish ecology. With a degree within this area the students will be ready to take on jobs within nature management, higher education and consultancy, or continue with research within freshwater ecology and related subjects.The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English. Recommended elective courses for the master's discipline:

  • Evolution and Ecologically driven speciation - 10 ECTS
  • Parasittologi og epidemiologi - 10 ECTS
  • GIS and remote sensing - 10 ECTS
  • Northern Populations and Ecosystems - 10 ECTS
  • Ecosystem-based management - 10 ECTS
  • Individual Special Curriculum - 5/10/15/20 ECTS

Students can apply for exchange studies or field work abroad according to the available cooperation agreements within scholarship programmes such as Erasmus, Nordplus, Barentsplus or North2North. Please consult the programme study adviser for more information. Students can also undertake periods of studying at The University Centre at Svalbard, UNIS

Learning outcome:

Job perspectives. A Master`s of Science degree in Biology will prepare students for a wide range of jobs, in both public and private sectors, including; research, administration, consulting and the teaching profession. Many Master`s students in Biology are connected to common projects involving Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and other institutes in Tromsø that carry out biological research and consultation work, e.g. Norwegian Polar Institute, Institute of Marine Research, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Bioforsk, Akvaplan-niva and Nofima.

On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to to a PhD-programme in Biology at the University of Tromsø or elsewhere.

After graduation, it is expected that candidates will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

  • Display good capability of critical analysis of scientific literature and research
  • Display good communication skills, oral and written, in the presentation of scientific work
  • Have a solid and broad knowledge of living organisms
  • Have a solid knowledge of biological processes from the molecular level to the ecological level
  • Have an advanced level of knowledge in one of the disciplines offered
  • Be able to plan, carry out and report on a specific research project
  • Be able to work independently in the field and/or in the laboratory
  • Be able to analyze and evaluate scientific data and literature
  • Be able to work independently with problem solving
Contact Person: Siv Andreassen (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management


Venue: UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics
Campus Tromsø, Romssa universitehta. N-9019 Tromsø 


Open from
1 Oct 2016 to 1 Dec 2016


UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a state university and therefore publicly funded. Students do not pay tuition fee, only a semester registration fee of NOK 500. Nonetheless, living expenses in Norway are higher than in other European countries.


Degree Requirements 
Admission to the Master`s programme in Biology requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.

Proof of English Proficiency
As a general requirement, all applicants to Norwegian Higher Education must document their proficiency in English on an advanced level, either through education or an internationally recognized examination/test. Only applicants from certain countries are exempted from this requirement. Proficiency in English can be proved through any of the following tests:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 580 paper-based/ 213 computer-based/ 85 Internet-based. Institutional code: 0742
  • IELTS: minimum of 6.5 points
  • APIEL: minimum of 3 points
  • MELAB: minimum of 85 points
  • University of Cambridge Exams: Certificate in Advanced English, Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Application Procedure:

Admission to the Master`s programme in Biology requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester and November 1st for admission to the spring semester.
  • Online application is via Søknadsweb, study code 6001.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

Are you an international applicant? Read more here.

Application is carried out via the online application system Søknadsweb.

Application Deadlines

  • Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries: April 15th for admission to the autumn semester and November 1st for admission to the spring semester.
  • Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: for autumn semester admission, December 1st.

Grant Opportunities:

The Quota Scholarship Scheme is a funding scheme sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, providing students from certain developing countries in the South, Eastern European and Central Asian countries with full sponsorship for the period of their Master's studies in Norway.


Academic level: Master


Several teaching and assessment methods are employed, including lectures, seminars, laboratory work, computer lab and field courses. These will vary from course to course. Course examinations may be oral or written examinations, assessments of project work/ lab reports/field reports, often in combination. Supervision of the project work that leads to the writing of the Master`s thesis will be given by faculty staff, sometimes in co-operation with an external supervisor.

Qualification: Master of Science

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