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
Having completed the Master's programme in Biology, with specialisation 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
- 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
In order to qualify for admission to the Master's Programme in Biology, you must fulfill the following criteria:
1) hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field
2) document university courses covering the following:
- 80 ECTS in Biology, which must cover the following fields: Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Evolution and Ecology
- 20 ECTS in Chemistry, whereof 10 ECTS must include lab work
- 10 ECTS in Mathematics (excluded in GPA calculation)
- 10 ECTS in Statistics
3) have obtained a minimum average grade equivalent to ECTS grade C / US grade B for the above-mentioned courses (excluded:10 ECTS in Mathematics)
Use this GPA calculator to check if your average grade compares to a US grade B.
4) document proficiency in the English language, read how here
The main intake is in the autumn. A supplementary intake in the spring is available (only for Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway) if not all spots have been filled.
Number of international applicants (EU/EEA/EFTA and non-EU/EEA/EFTA) residing abroad admitted to each specialisation, per intake: max. 2 students.
Follow the guidelines on how to apply depending on which applicant group you belong to:
- Citizens from outside the EU/EEA/EFTA. Application deadline: 1 December.
- Citizens in the EU/EEA/EFTA. Application deadline: 1 March.
- Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway. Application deadline: 15 April (Autumn intake), 1 November (Spring intake).