Department of Biology


Master's at BIO

We offer seven different specialisations in our master's programme in biology.

BIO300 fieldwork 2011

Five biology students performing sample work by the sea.
BIO students in Bergen can use nature as their classroom and get to explore their natural surroundings in an academic setting.
Christian Irgens

What we offer

BIO has one master's programme in biology taught in English, with seven options for specialisation.

The various programmes and specialisations have different objectives and content, and contain some common and some different topics.

These are the specialisations offered in the master's programme in biology: 

Geobiology is no longer a study programme option, but it is possible to specialise in Geobiology under microbiology and marine biology. It's also possible to specialise in nutrition through many of the other disciplines - especially aquaculture biology.

All MSc students have the course BIO300 Biological data analysis and research design as a mandatory part of their study.


In order to qualify for admission to this programme you must have completed a bachelor's degree in biology or equivalent. Your academic performance in biology is essential when considering whether you qualify for admission. Specific admission requirements related to the required academic background are listed under each specialisation.

Master's projects

Your master's project will be performed in one of our research groups or with one of our collaborative partners. The project/thesis makes up half the programme, one year. You must find a thesis research topic/project in collaboration with academic staff at the department. The available topics are decided from available supervisors and other resources. In general, thesis research topics are encouraged to contain field work, laboratory or computer analysis work, statistical or conceptual synthesis, and a write-up that puts the study and its findings into the context of previously published research.

Examples of our collaborative partners: 

Students with a project in nutrition usually perform their project at NIFES.

You can find completed master's theses in BORA.