Biology - master
|Qualification:||Master`s of Science in Biology.|
|Admission requirements:||Bachelor`s degree in biology or related subject area|
|Application deadline:||15 April/1 November|
Several Master`s disciplines are offered which reflect the University of Tromsø`s unique geographic location next to ecosystems of the high north. They provide opportunities to explore an array of fascinating questions within modern biology and emphasize some of the society`s challenges: the provision of food and energy sources through responsible management of natural resources and biodiversity.The expected rapid changes in climate will cause changes in the biology, and we need to know how organisms and ecosystems react to his, as well as how our present system works.
Each discipline is connected to ongoing and relevant research in the different fields. They will provide the relevant theoretical background, training in state of the art laboratories and field methods as well as training of presentation and knowledge transfer proficiency.
|Term||10 ects||10 ects||10 ects|
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|Second semester (spring)||
BIO-350X Study design and data analysis in biology II
Compulsory for all Master`s students in biology
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|Fourth semester (spring)|
The course BIO-3503/HEL-6320 is compulsory for students who carry out experiments on living animals. Amount of compulsory and elective courses will vary depending on the Master's Discipline. The course portfolio taken by individual students will be decided upon by consultation with project supervisors. You may start on work for a 60 ECTS thesis in the second or third term, depending on your own preferences and the character of the project.
After graduation, it is expected that candidates will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- Display good capability of critical analysis of scientific literature and research
- Display good communication skills, oral and written, in the presentation of scientific work
- Have a solid and broad knowledge of living organisms
- Have a solid knowledge of biological processes from the molecular level to the ecological level
- Have an advanced level of knowledge in one of the disciplines offered
- Be able to plan, carry out and report on a specific research project
- Be able to work independently in the field and/or in the laboratory
- Be able to analyze and evaluate scientific data and literature
- Be able to work independently with problem solving
Admission to the Master`s programme in biology requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in biology or equivalent qualification in biology. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.
The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th for admission to the autumn semester and November 1st for admission to the spring semester.The application deadline for students outside the Nordic countries (self-financed applicants) is December 1st. Admittance to the programme commencing in the autumn semester. More information is available at: General admission requirements for self-financed applicants
Teaching and assessment
Course examinations may be oral or written examinations, assessments of project work/ lab reports/field reports, often in combination.
Supervision of the project work that leads to the writing of the Master`s thesis will be given by faculty staff, sometimes in co-operation with an external supervisor.
Many Master`s students in Biology are connected to common projects involving Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and other institutes in Tromsø that carry out biological research and consultation work, e.g. Norwegian Polar Institute, Institute of Marine Research, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Bioforsk, Akvaplan-niva and Nofima.
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