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Study plan for MAMN-BIOMAR Marine Biology, fall 2019

Name of qualification

Master of Science in Biology - Marine Biology

ECTS Credits

Two years of full-time study, where the normal workload for a full-time student is 60 credits for one academic year.

Full-time/Part-time

Full-time

Language of Instruction

English

Semester

Autumn

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.

Required 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

Admission Requirements

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 Statistics
  • 10 ECTS in Mathematics (excluded in GPA calculation)

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:

Recommended previous knowledge

Courses in Marine Ecology.

Compulsory units

The Programme consists of 60 ECTS Master's Project and 60 ECTS courses.

Mandatory courses are:

Depending on the Master's Project on of the following courses are mandatory:

Recommended electives

BIO311 - Systematics and Biology of Algae, BIO303 - Ordination and Gradient Analysis, BIO315 - Selected Topics in Microbiology, BIO332 - Phylogenetic Methods, BIO340 - Selected Topics in Fisheries and Marine Biology, BIO341 - Biodiversity, BIO324 Fish Behaviour, BIO335 Population Genetic Methods, BIO301 - Current Topics in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology, BIO302 Biological Data Analysis II.

Sequential Requirements, courses

The recommended sequence of the courses in the programme can be found under the heading "Compulsory units".

Study period abroad

You can plan study periods abroad in consultation with your supervisor as a part of the master agreement.

Teaching methods

The Master's thesis is an independent scientific work, under supervision of an academic supervisor. A combination of teaching methods is used in the various courses, mainly lectures, seminars, hands-on laboratory practice, and workshops. You will find more information in the individual course descriptions.

Assessment methods

The final step in the programme is an oral examination. The examination is held when the master's thesis has been submitted, evaluated and approved. The most common assessment methods in courses are written and oral exams, individual and group presentations, and various forms of term projects. The assessment methods for each course are described in its course description.

Grading scale

At UiB the grades are given in one of two possible grading scales: Passed/Failed and A to F. The master's thesis will be graded A to F. The grading scale for each course is given in the course description.

Diploma and Diploma supplement

The Diploma, in Norwegian, and the Diploma Supplement, in English, will be issued when the degree is completed.

Employability

Many Marine Biologists work with nature, environment and resource management, research, aquaculture, education, industry, environmental organizations and the media and consulting businesses. The program will provide a solid basis for work in public management and administration, trade and industry, education and for further doctoral study in marine biology and in related fields.

Evaluation

The programme will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Programme committee

The programme committee is responsible for the academic content, the structure and the quality of the program.

Administrative responsibility

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Department of Biological Sciences, holds the administrative responsibility for the programme.

Contact information

Please contact the study adviser for the program if you have any questions: studie@bio.uib.no / + 47 55 58 44 00