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Marine Biology

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120

Introduction

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

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

  • 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

Skills

  • 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

General knowledge

  • 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

Semester

Autumn

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master Programme in Biology, you need a bachelor degree in biology or related field. You must hold a minimum of:

  • 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 statistics 
  • 10 ECTS in mathematics (excluded in GPA calculation)

Bachelor degrees from UiB that qualify:

  • Bachelor degree in Biology
  • Bachelor's degree in Sustainable Aquaculture
  • Bachelor's degree in Environment and Resources (Natural Sciences specialisation, Biology track)

Bachelor degrees that qualify

Other bachelor degrees may qualify, if they include the required subjects listed above

You also need to document:

Marine biology
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Aurélien Delaval

More information

About the programme

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Contact

Department of Biological Sciences (BIO)

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