MSc Biology (MAMN-BIO, 3 marine specialisations)

General information

This master's programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Biology. It is a two-year programme (120 ECTS). It will give you a deep insight in, and an overview of the discipline biology. BIO have one master's program with seven options for specialization. BIO also have an integrated Master Programme in Aquamedicine. The various programs and specializations have different objectives and content, and contains some common and some different topics.

Specializations: Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology / Microbiology / Marine Biology/ Environmenal toxicology/ Aquaculture Biology / Fisheries Biology and Management / Developmental Biology and Physiology.

Aquaculture Biology

The goal of the Aquaculture Biology specialization is to give a theoretical basis and practical experience for understanding the biological principles in aquatic food production. Aquaculture is a diverse discipline, covering topics such as molecular biology, chemistry, nutrition, as well and the biology, physiology, and behaviour of fish. The practical work of aquaculture takes place in the laboratory, the hatchery, or the fish farm. The courses in this specialization provide an insight into the role of aquaculture in global food production, and the knowledge and skills needed for its further development. The student research project can be undertaken in a commercial setting or at a research institution. The research question may be focussed on a fundamental biological process, or be designed to test and refine production techniques or instrumentation. The specialization is intended to give a solid background for students who wish to work in aquaculture or related industries, or to pursue further research.

Fisheries Biology and Management

The aim of the specialization is to give post graduate students a comprehensive insight into the discipline fisheries biology with emphasis on how to conserve living aquatic resources while securing a sustainable yield. This includes a solid understanding of the internal and external drivers that determine fish dynamics. When completing the students will have a good knowledge of the behaviour, development, life history and ecology of fishes, in addition to oceanography and marine ecosystems. They will further have a basic understanding of the population structure of fish stocks, the function, use and selective properties of fishing gear, methods for surveillance, as well as exploitation strategies of fish populations from selected ecosystems. The students will also have basic knowledge of how ecological factors in combination with the fishing pressure influence the development of fish stocks. Principles of fisheries management and conservation are introduced as well as the application of simple population dynamic models. The students will also get practical experience from work in fisheries biology and monitoring of fish stocks in the laboratory, in the field on a research vessel. The master's programme includes training in conducting an independent scientific study. The thesis will be based on data collected in the laboratory or in the field, or based on time series. The thesis could also be based on extended literature review.

Marine Biology

The specialization Marine Biology aims to educate marine biologists with a general overview and knowledge about: key processes and typical patterns in the marine ecosystem, flora and fauna characteristics to marine habitats, marine organisms - their biology and ecology, and the most common research methods within field-based, experimental and theoretical oriented research of marine ecosystems.

The independent research project (master's project) combined with specialization courses and special curricula will give a specialized and deep knowledge of selected research topics and methods. Relevant topics for research projects are: marine ecology, marine organismal biology, biogeography, invasion biology, population genetics, biosystematics and general evolutionary themes based on the study of marine organisms.

Master's students also develop general skills in defining, planning and conducting an independent research project, and to learn to document and discuss scientific results through a written dissertation.

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

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0521 - Ecology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0831 - Fisheries


Venue: University of Bergen
Bergen, Norway

Department of Biology
Postboks 7803, N-5006 Bergen



The University of Bergen is a public institution and therefore does not charge tuition fees. This applies both to Norwegian and international students. The only fee to be paid at the University of Bergen is the semester fee to the Student Welfare Organisation (SiB), currently NOK 590.



  1. You must have obtained a bachelor's degree, normally of minimum 4 years' duration. Your degree must have been issued from a formally recognized university or university college. You can find the specific requirements for your home country in the country list
  2. You must have obtained a minimum average grade equivalent to ECTS grade C / US grade B. Compare your average grade with US grades
  3. You must document sufficient funding to obtain a residence permit for studies. The required amount is NOK 121 200.
  4. Your degree must include courses equalling at least 1.5 years of full-time studies in a subject relevant to the programme you apply for.
  5. You must check if the programme you wish to apply for has additional admission requirements. Check the list of Master's programmes in English.
  6. You must document your English language proficiency, see Step 2 for details.

Are you completing your Bachelor's degree in the semester after the deadline? 

UiB cannot grant conditional admission to non-EU applicants, therefore you are unfortunately not qualified to apply at this time. 

Checklist - English language requirements

Applicants who are not native speakers of English must document their English language proficiency by taking an internationally recognised English test.

The result must be uploaded to your application no later than the deadline 1 December. Please remember to schedule your test early enough.

See how to document your proficiency in English

Applicants from some English speaking African countries, and applicants with a degree taught in English from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East are not exempt from submitting an English language test.

Information about exemptions.


Application Procedure:

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply:

Citizens from outside the European Union/EEA/EFTA (1 December)

Citizens from within the European Union/EEA/EFTA (1 March)

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway (15 April)

You will find the programme specific entry requirements under each specialisation.


Academic level: Master


The final step in the programme is an oral examination. The examination is held when the masters thesis has been submitted, evaluated and approved. The most common assessment methods in courses are written and oral exams, individual and group presentations, and various forms of term projects. The assessment methods for each course are described in its course description.

Qualification: Master of Science

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