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. Learning outcomes:

  • Understand of the role of aquaculture for global commerce, health, and food security
  • Understand the biology of relevant aquaculture species, and explain the different life history stages and their requirements in aquaculture
  • Understand the biological basis (molecular, endrocrinological, cellular, nutrition) for the control of growth and development of aquaculture species
  • Discuss the balance between requirements for environmental quality, ethics, legal governance, and the requirements of commercial production in aquaculture.

Fisheries Biology and Management
The goal of the program is to provide the student insight and overview of the field of fisheries biology, with emphasis on how harvesting as well as biotic and abiotic factors affects living resources in the ocean. Learning outcomes:

  • Basic knowledge of biology, life history, evolution and ecology of fishes, as well as knowledge of oceanography and marine ecosystems.
  • A basic understanding of population structure in fish populations, function and selection patterns of fishing gear, harvesting strategies of fish populations from selected ecosystems, and simple population dynamic models
  • Knowledge of how ecological factors in combination with fisheries affect development of fish populations.

Marine Biology
The program 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.

  • Explain key concepts and terminology in Biology/Marine Biology
  • Describe typical marine habitats and associated flora and fauna
  • Familiarity with oceanographic forcing of marine systems
  • Understand interactions between marine organisms and the environment, and adaptations of marine organisms
  • Understand the dynamics and structural processes in marine populations and communities
  • Apply marine research methods and understanding their limitations and sources of error
  • Apply knowledge to illuminate and / or solve management problems.
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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.


The selection of students for admission to the Master's programmes in Biology is based on the following criteria:

  • The average grade of the Bachelor's degree must be at least 2nd class upper division/B or the equivalent as academic result. Some of the specializations have higher requirements.
  • Your Bachelor's degree must include knowledge and competence in biology corresponding to at least 60 ECTS (one academic year) and should be documented with course descriptions and learning outcomes for the degree. Please see under each specialization for details.
  • Academic degree not older than two years (exceptions can be made if the applicant has relevant work experience)
  • A good command of English (must document that you fullfill English language requirements).
  • Additional consideration is given to the following:
  • Lab experience and practical field experience (must be documented)
  • Depth and relevance of educational training
  • Extent and relevance of work experience
  • Connection to cooperating institutions of UiB (required for the Quota Scheme)
  • The applicant's prospects for having a productive career in the special field of study
  • Consideration to ensure diversity in the pool of students admitted to the programme

Application Procedure:

All applicants must submit the online application form through the University of Bergen online application system "Søknadsweb"(link is external). All supporting documents should be scanned from original documentation. The University does not accept faxed or e-mailed applications/documents /transcripts. A step by step explanation is provided in the Application Guideline(link is external). Required documentation:

  1. University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s) 
  2. Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university) 
  3. Secondary School certificate 
  4. Documentation of English language proficiency
  5. Motivation letter 
  6. Short outline of research plan (if applicable, max. 2 pages) 
  7. Documentation of financing (non EU/EEA applicants)* 
  8. Copy of your passport showing full name, date of birth, and photograph 
  9. CV/relevant work experience (if applicable) 
  10. Recommendation letter(s)/references (personal statement from academic adviser/employer or equivalent if applicable). 

*Quota Scheme applicants do not have to submit documentation of financing. 

Application Deadlines

  • International applicants residing abroad: 1 December
  • Master applicants residing in Norway: 15 April


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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