MSc in Biology - Arctic Animal Physiology

General information

Have you ever wondered how arctic animals cope with climatic variability, extreme light-dark cycles and large seasonal fluctuations in food availability? Or which physiological adaptations aquatic birds and mammals have acquired in diving? By studying arctic animal physiology, you can find the answers as well as contribute to new science.

The Master`s discipline in Arctic animal physiology focuses on physiological adaptations to life at high latitudes in fishes, birds and mammals. Particular emphasis is placed on how these animals cope with the climatic variability, extreme light-dark cycles and large seasonal fluctuations in food availability that are all typical of their environment. Physiological adaptations of diving birds and mammals, which are abundant at high-latitudes, also represents an important topic.

Students will be introduced to and given the opportunity to specialize within many aspects of animal physiology (e.g., chronobiology, endocrinology, reproductive physiology, thermoregulation, nutrition/digestion, cardiovascular physiology), with approaches spanning from studies of molecular and cellular/subcellular mechanisms, to integrative, whole-animal studies that may be conducted in the field or as experimental studies in the laboratory (or as a combination of these). For this purpose, specialized laboratories and approved research animal facilities, where several relevant species of fishes, birds and mammals are maintained, are available. The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Master`s projects will normally form a part of ongoing projects which encompass both curiosity-driven basic research projects and projects important for production and management of natural resources in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Students will be expected to participate actively in seminars that are given within the research group, as well as at the institute. Recommended elective courses for the Master's discipline:

Autumn:

  • BIO-3014 Biological rhythms - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3009 Arctic Marine Pollution - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3506 Top predators - 10 ECTS (every second year)
  • Bio-3018 Environmental Molecular Genetics - 20 ECTS (every second year)
  • BIO-3013 Northern food web ecology (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • MBI-3006 Biotechnology - 10 ECTS
  • STA-3300 Applied Statistics 2 - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3805/3810/3815/3820 Individual Special Curriculum (autumn/spring) - 5/10/15/20 ECTS

Spring:

  • BIO-3504 Production and Growth in Polar Areas - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3805/3810/3815/3820 Individual Special Curriculum (autumn/spring) - 5/10/15/20 ECTS
Learning outcome:

Knowledge
Students will have advanced knowledge in biology and in the following discipline:

Skills
Students will have the ability to:

  • Formulate relevant research questions in an independent manner, and apply theories, concepts and methods pursuant to the scientific and ethical standards in the field.
  • To search for and evaluate recent biological research in a critical manner, and to make assessments using scientific knowledge in the field.
  • To present biological knowledge and ideas in an instructive manner to researchers, policy makers and the general public.

General proficiency

  • Have acquired specialized expertise in one of the disciplines offered
  • Have the competence to analyze biological problems that require skills at a high level.
  • Apply their knowledge and skills in biological theory and methods in new areas relevant to society
  • Have sufficient competence to participate in and to evaluate research projects or to advance to doctoral studies
Contact Person: Camilla Andreassen (camilla.andreassen@uit.no)

Content

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

Venue: UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

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

Application

Open from
31 Oct 2016 to 1 Dec 2016

Cost:

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.


Prerequisites:

Formal admission requirements - Master's programmes: https://en.uit.no/education/art?p_document_id=593541  


Application Procedure:

Admission to the Master`s programme in Biology requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification.  An additional requirement is specialization in biological topics (i.e. biodiversity (zoology/botany), ecology, cell-and molecular biology, microbiology, physiology (animal/plant), biochemistry and bioinformatics) worth a minimum of 80 ECTS.

  • Applicants with a degree in Agricultural studies, Biomedical laboratory sciences ("Bioingeniør"), Bachelor of Pharmacy, Medicine or Dentistry does not fulfil the admission requirements.
  • Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand: An average grade C as a minimum requirement.
  • Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade B as a minimum requirement. 
  • The average grade is calculated from the entire bachelor's degree.

More information on admission requirements:

General admission requirements- Master

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:

  • The application deadline is December 1st for admission to the autumn semester. 
  • Online application, study code 2004.

How to apply for admission to UiT? Read more here

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Assessment:

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

Credits:
Scheme: 
ECTS
Value: 
120
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