Master in Marine Ecology and Resource Biology

General information

The Master`s disciline in Marine ecology and resource biology is a diverse field of study, covering marine ecology, biodiversity, fisheries ecology, fish biology and aquaculture. Master`s projects may be chosen within the following main areas of research: Marine Ecology and Biodiversity, Fisheries Ecology, Fish Biology and Aquaculture. The Master`s projects are usually related to field and experimental activities within the different marine and fisheries related research groups. The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English. 

Recommended elective courses for the Master's discipline, within the main topics include:

Marine ecology and biodiversity:

  • Production and Growth in Polar Areas (spring) - 10 ECTS
  • Arctic Marine Pollution (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Ecotoxicology: A practical introduction to environmental monitoring tools (autumn) - 5 ECTS
  • Applied ecological statistics (spring) - 10 ECTS
  • Marine botany I (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Marine botany II (spring) - 10 ECTS

Fisheries ecology:

  • Top predators (autumn every 2. year) - 10 ECTS
  • Early life history of marine fishes (spring) - 10 ECTS
  • The biological basis of fisheries science (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Applied ecological statistics (spring) - 10 ECTS

Fish biology and aquaculture:

  • Fish physiology (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Introduction to Fish biology (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Aquaculture (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • Advances in Aquaculture (spring) - 15 ECTS
  • Early life history of marine fish (spring) - 10 ECTS
  • The biological basis of fisheries science (autumn) - 10 ECTS
Learning outcome:

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 (


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Venue: UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

Department of Arctic and Marine Biology
Campus Tromsø, Romssa universitehta. N-9019 Tromsø 



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 
A Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in biology or equivalent qualification in biology. 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. 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:

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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