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.

For more information about the research group see:

Freshwater ecology

Recommended elective courses for the master's discipline:

  • Bio-3525 Evolution and Ecologically driven speciation (spring, every 2 year) - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3519 Parasittologi og epidemiologi (norwegian course, autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3111 GIS and remote sensing (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3013 Northern food web ecology (autumn) - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3004 Ecosystem-based management (spring) - 10 ECTS
  • BIO-3805/3810/3815/3820 Individual Special Curriculum (autumn/spring) - 5/10/15/20 ECTS

Students are encouraged to discuss with supervisors what will be the optimal set of courses

Learning outcome:

A Master's candidate is expected to have advanced and comprehensive knowledge of biological methodology, theories, concepts and scientific approaches. The candidates who complete the programme are expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined by general proficincy, knowledge and skills:

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

Freshwater ecology

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

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

Application

Open from
1 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:

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


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, study code 6001.

International appplicants/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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