autumn 2022
BIO-3960 Master thesis project for exchange students - 60 ECTS

Application deadline

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Only exchange students at the Master level are eligible for this course.

It is not available to any other category of students as a singular or elective course.

Student need to find a project and supervisor at AMB before applying for this course as exchange students.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - Master`s level singular course.

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification.

Course content

The master thesis is an independent scientific work, under the guidance by one or several supervisors. The thesis is written within one of the following disciplines:

  • Arctic animal physiology
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Arctic marine ecology
  • Molecular environmental biology
  • Northern populations and ecosystem
  • Arctic marine ecotoxicology
  • Ecology and sustainability

Objectives of the course


Students will have advanced knowledge in biology and in one of the following disciplines offered:

  • Arctic animal physiology
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Arctic marine ecology
  • Molecular environmental biology
  • Northern populations and ecosystem
  • Arctic marine ecotoxicology
  • Ecology and sustainability


  • Define, plan and conduct an independent research project under our guidance. That implies to:
    • Formulate relevant research questions and hypotheses,
    • Identify and use relevant approaches to answer research questions and test hypotheses,
    • Collect, visualize and analyze data,
    • Interpret and discuss data considering current advances in the research area and study designs.
  • Apply theories, concepts and methods pursuant to the scientific and ethical standards in the field.
  • Evaluate critically your own and others’ academic work.
  • Acquire technical and methodological competence in your field of specialization.

General competence:

  • Communicate biological knowledge and concepts in an instructive manner to the scientific community, policy makers and the general public.
  • Work in accordance with scientific principles and have understanding and respect for transparency, accuracy, accountability.

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Individual guidance and supervision according to agreement and of two semesters duration. Maximum workload for the supervisor is 80 hours, you will receive supervision within these limits. The general work effort in a master`s project is 1500-1800 hours (including field and lab work).

The Master`s thesis must be written in English.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is available for inbound exchange students. Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:

Courses coordinators at the faculties for exchange students | UiT


Examination: Date: Weighting: Grade scale:
Assignment 15.11.2022 23:59 (Hand in) 0/1 A–E, fail F
Oral exam 1/1 A–E, fail F
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More info about the assignment

The exam is comprised of a submission of the master's thesis within a given deadline, a public presentation of the scientific work and an oral exam. The deadline for submission is 15 May in the spring semester and 15 November in the autumn semester.

After the master's thesis is submitted and approved, there will be an oral master's examination. This examination consists of a public presentation of 30 minutes where the student provides an overview of the project. Examination Commission consists of at least one external examiner and an internal examiner. Sensors should be present at the public presentation. Then follows an oral examination with the examination commission.

The master's thesis must be submitted in PDF format, the submission is done electronically in Munin. 

Re-sit examination

Re-submission of the thesis:

Only if a master's thesis project is graded "F" (fail), may the thesis be resubmitted in revised form. A new deadline for submission will be given. The deadline for resubmitting the thesis is normally 3 months from the point in time when the candidate was informed about the exam result. If the thesis receives a grade of "F" a second time, the student can apply to the Programme Board for a new master's thesis project.  

Postponed submission:

If a medical certificate is provided, the student may be given a postponed deadline for submitting the Master's thesis according to regulations in section 21 of Regulations for examinations at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.  

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 60
  • Course code: BIO-3960
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