Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

The study programme will give you a broad introduction to ecology, evolution or systematic research. The programme covers themes that range from the biology of single organisms to biogeographical patterns, and you can immerse yourself in both theoretical and applied research. Through choosing your own subjects and working independently, you will acquire scientific competence. By working on the masters project you will learn to work in a scientific manner. After completing the study you will have a working knowledge of scientific methods and have developed the ability for critical thinking based upon knowledge of the subjects. Thesis topics can be drawn from fields such as behavioral ecology, biodiversity, biogeography, evolutionary biology, quantitative ecology, landscape ecology, paleoecology, parasitology, population biology, population genetics, taxonomy and systematics, vegetation history, and pollen analysis.

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

Having completed the Masters programme in Biology, with specialization in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology, the student will:



  • Know fundamental patterns and processes in biodiversity, ecology and evolution.
  • Be well acquainted with, and understand, evolutionary and ecological theory for interspecific variation in adaptation to the biotic and abiotic environment.
  • Understand how human activities effect other populations, species, and ecosystems.


  • Be able to use evolutionary theory to explain biological patterns.
  • Contribute to understanding the issues that are important in natural resource management and provide relevant knowledge in conservation and management issues.
  • Be familiar with relevant research questions in biodiversity, evolution and ecology, and be able to set up experiments or field studies which can aid in answering such questions.
  • Be able to access in the biological scientific literature and understand relevant methodology.
  • Be able to retrieve, analyze and apply new knowledge within the field
  • Be able to analyze, interpret and discuss their own data in an academic and critical manner, in light of data and theories in the field.
  • Be able to manage and present quantitative data, discuss the precision and accuracy and to use the basic statistical principles

General competences

  • Be able to work in accord with scientific principles, and understand and respect openness, precision, accountability and the significance of distinguishing between knowledge and opinion.
  • Be able to present, orally and in writing, research results put into context of existing knowledge, also to non-specialists.
  • Be able to analyze the biological scientific issues and participate in the discussion of approaches and ways of solving the issue.
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team with comprehensive and demanding assignments, and to meet deadlines.
  • Be able to discuss the student's research field in public discussions.

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

This programme is avalible for citizens from within the European Union/EEA/EFTA.

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply:



Admission Requirements

Main intake in the autumn semester. For more information about the application procedure please see:

You need a Bachelor's degree in Biology or equivalent education with first class results, as well as documented proficiency in the English language.

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

  • Academic degree in biology, or equivalent, not older than two years (exceptions can be made if the applicant has relevant work experience)
  • Your Bachelor's degree must include specialization in biology corresponding to minimum 60 ECTS (one academic year) and should be documented with course descriptions and learning outcomes for the degree
  • A good command of English (documented by English test: http://www.uib.no/en/education/49142/english-language-requirements

Additional consideration is given to the following:

  • Lab experience and practical field experience
  • Depth and relevance of educational training
  • Extent and relevance of work experience
  • 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

Number of international applicants residing abroad admitted to the master's specialization: max 2 students

More information

About the programme

See full study plan


Department of Biological Sciences (BIO)

For more information please contact the study advisor at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no