MSc in Biology: Marine biology and limnology

General information

The programme gives an introduction to relevant research for the programme option you choose. This involves learning advanced research methods and how to work with scientific literature. It results in a research based thesis which will provide you with experience in field and laboratory work, conducting written reports, and presenting and statistically analysing research results. The programme's duration is four semesters. This entails courses (60 ECTS credits) and the Master’s thesis (60 ECTS credits). There are three programme options within this master programme:

Marine biology and limnology (programme option)

This programme option is built around research projects related to ecology and evolutionary problems with a focus on aquatic organisms or systems. Projects are led by internationally recognised researchers, and cover a broad range of subjects within this field. Researchers in marine biology and limnology at the University of Oslo are amongst the most productive and well- cited in the country, and students can look forward to joining an active and stimulating research environment.

The Biology Department has modern research facilities at its disposal. There are two research vessels with up-to-date equipment for hydraulic investigations and testing in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. There is a modernised field station at Drøbak. At Blindern, there is a salt-water and freshwater aquarium, a cultivation room for algae and for completing experiments with aquatic organisms, as well as a state-of-the-art molecular-genetic laboratory for taxonomic and population genetic studies. There is easy access to various types of lakes and rivers containing a multitude of organisms. Researchers at the Section for Marine Biology and Limnology work closely with a range of national and international research groups.

Learning outcome:

Target knowledge and understanding: a master's degree in Biology will enable you to gain in-depth insight into evolutionary biology, ecology, toxicology, or marine biology (cf. specific targets for the individual programme options).

Target skills

  • The ability to work independently both in the field and the laboratory
  • The ability to conduct independent analyses of academic data
  • A critical understanding of academic literature
  • The ability to produce spoken and written presentations of academic topics and research results

This Master’s degree will give you research-based specialist knowledge on a subject of your choice related to marine biology or limnology.

The programme option places particular emphasis on a thorough understanding of habitat (ocean, lake, river).

Your studies will give you good insight into

  • scientific methods,
  • quantitative analysis, and
  • training in logical thinking.

A degree at this level qualifies you to independent work in the field and laboratory.

There will be emphasis on developing a critical understanding of scientific articles. You will also gain experience in giving spoken and written presentations of scientific topics and research results.

Contact Person: International Student Reception (international@admin.uio.no)

Content

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

0521 - Ecology", "0511 - Biology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography

Venue

Venue: University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Department of Biosciences
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Kristine Bonnevies hus, Blindernvn. 310371

Application

Open from
1 Sep 2016 to 15 Oct 2016

Cost:

Since the University of Oslo is a state university and therefore publicly funded, the students here do not pay tuition fees. Most students must pay the semester fee and the copy fee (except ERASMUS, Nordplus/Nordlys and most Bilateral students). This fee gives you the benefit of the services of the Foundation for Student Life (SiO).


Prerequisites:

Admission to this master's degree programme / study option requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.
  • a specialization defined by the programme/study option
  • a minimum grade average of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • Norwegian and English language requirement OR special enhanced requirement in English specified below:

a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) in Norwegian upper secondary school with a minimum grade of 4 (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or alternatively passed examination in English from second and/or third school year, or

b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.


Application Procedure:

Admission is twice a year. Application process and deadlines vary for different groups of applicants.

When to apply

For studies starting in August:

  • EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: from 1 February until 1 March  
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: from 1 February until 15 April 
  • Non-EU/EEA applicants: from 1 October until 1 December 

For studies starting in January:

  • EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: from 1 September until 15 October  
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: from 15 September until 15 October
  • Non-EU/EEA applicants: No admission

​How to apply

EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: Application procedure

  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: Application procedure
  • Non-EU/EEA applicants:​ Application procedure
  • Admission requirements

Admission requirements. Admission to this master's degree programme / study option requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.
  • a specialization defined by the programme/study option
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • Norwegian and English language requirement OR special enhanced requirement in English specified below:
    a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed examination in English from second and/or third school year in Norwegian upper secondary school, or
    b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

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Grant Opportunities:

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Qualification

Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
120
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