- Years2 years
- ECTS credits120
Objectives and content
The specialization Marine Biology 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.
The independent research project (master's project) combined with specialization courses and special curricula will give a specialized and deep knowledge of selected research topics and methods. Relevant topics for research projects are: marine ecology, marine organismal biology, biogeography, invasion biology, population genetics, biosystematics and general evolutionary themes based on the study of marine organisms.
Master's students also develop general skills in defining, planning and conducting an independent research project, and to learn to document and discuss scientific results through a written dissertation.
What you Learn
- 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
- Use basic methods in marine biology
- Perform an independent, limited research project under supervision, but with a high degree of independence and own initiative, and in line with research ethics standards
- Handle, and present quantitative data, and evaluate confidence to conclusions by use of basic statistical principles
- Analyze marine biological topics and discuss ways to explore these applying relevant theory and method
- Retrieve, evaluate and apply new knowledge within the field
- Analyze, interpret and discuss own data in a professional and critical manner, in light of data and theories within their subject
- Be able to follow scientific discurse in general and evaluate approaches and techniques for solving problems
- Give good written and oral presentations of scientific topics and research results
- Be able to communicate professional topics and findings in marine biology, both to specialists and the general public
- Be able to reflect on key ethical and scientific issues in their own and others' work
- Show understanding and respect for scientific values such as remaining accurate, open, honest, objective, factual and distinguish between knowledge and opinions
Study Period Abroad
Study period abroad
You can plan study periods abroad in consultation with your supervisor as a part of the master agreement.
How to Apply
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:
- Citizens from within the European Union/EEA/EFTA (1 March)
- Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway (15 April)
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