MSc Marine Ecology

General information

The Master of Marine Ecology gives students the opportunity to research and write exciting theses within the field of marine ecology and marine genomics. As a student of MSc in marine ecology you will be a part of an international research environment. You can also take part of your studies at our partner institution at the University Centre at Svalbard.

The MSc comprises e.g. lectures, group work, tutorials, laboratory practise, and self-tuition. The programme includes three compulsory courses of 30 ECTS credits:

  1. Scientific Communication and Research Methods
  2. Biophysical Interactions
  3. Evolutionary Genetics.

In addition, students choose 30 credits of elective courses at 200 and 300 levels (advanced), as well as master courses from The University Centre in Svalbard.

The Master thesis consists of a piece of supervised independent scientific work worth 60 ECTS credits.The objective of the programme is to provide students with scientific and practical knowledge in, and understanding of, the ecological interactions in marine ecosystems, environmental protection, and management. The programme focuses on investigating the basic functioning of northern marine habitats by using new techniques in marine ecology, evolution, molecular biology/evolutionary genomics.

Learning outcome:
  • Understand scientific methods in general, evolutionary theory, biophysical interactions and their integration in the larger framework of marine ecology.
  • Understand the role of evolutionary forces in shaping the population dynamics of marine species.
  • Have in-depth knowledge and understanding in one or more topics in ecology, based on work with his/her own MSc thesis.
  • Develop intellectual practical and field work skills in the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of evolutionary, ecological and oceanographical data.
  • Understand and evaluate a range of research strategies and methods used by ecologists on marine topics.
  • Be able to define, plan and find suitable methods.
  • Be able to reflect critically upon their own and other's work.
  • Be able to communicate about technical issues, analyses and conclusions related to marine ecology, both for specialists and the general public.
  • Be able to proceed with PhD studies, or develop further a successful career as a professional marine ecologist in the public or private arena.
  • Be able to participate in marine ecological research projects in a professional research environment.
Contact Person: Jarle Tryti Nordeide (Porgramme Coordinator) (


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

0831 - Fisheries", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0521 - Ecology", "0532 - Marine Geology


Venue: University of Nordland
Bodø, Norway



The University of Nordland (UiN) does not charge tuition fees. However, all students studying at UiN, except ERASMUS students and exchange students from other partner institutions, must pay the semester fee: NOK 815. This amount covers the Student Welfare Organisation, the university's agent for licensing and use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes (Kopinor) and the Norwegian Students' and Academics' Assistance Fund (SAIH)*.

*The contribution to SAIH is voluntary.  If you do not wish to contribute to SAIH the total semester fee is NOK 795.


Degree Requirements
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in biological sciences, and have minimum of 60 ECTS credits bioscience courses, 5 ECTS credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics as well as 10 ECTS credits physics or chemistry. The average grade must be C or better, either for the entire degree or on the core of the 60 ECTS specialisation.

Language Requirements
All applicants to Master degree programmes must satisfy requirements for advanced English proficiency.  Proficiency can be documented in any of the following ways:

  1. English basic course from upper secondary school in Norway with mark 2 or better.
  2. TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 points on the paper-based test or 80 (20 reading/20 writing/20 speaking/20 listening) points on the Internet-based test.
  3. IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0.

Application Procedure:

Complete the online application form and submit along with supporting documentation directly to University of Nordland.

Application Deadlines:

  • Non-EU citizens: February 1st
  • EU citizens: April 1st
  • Applicants with Norwegian education: May 15th


The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Grades can also be awarded as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".


Academic level: Master


Various forms of assessment including written exams, home exams and oral exams. After the Master thesis has been submitted, candidates present and defend their thesis in a public lecture followed by an oral examination.

Qualification: Master of Science

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