Have you ever wondered how arctic animals cope with climatic variability, extreme light-dark cycles and large seasonal fluctuations in food availability? Or which physiological adaptations aquatic birds and mammals have acquired in diving? By studying arctic animal physiology, you can find the answers as well as contribute to new science.
The Master`s discipline in Arctic animal physiology focuses on physiological adaptations to life at high latitudes in fishes, birds and mammals. Particular emphasis is placed on how these animals cope with the climatic variability, extreme light-dark cycles and large seasonal fluctuations in food availability that are all typical of their environment. Physiological adaptations of diving birds and mammals, which are abundant at high-latitudes, also represents an important topic.
Students will be introduced to and given the opportunity to specialize within many aspects of animal physiology (e.g., chronobiology, endocrinology, reproductive physiology, thermoregulation, nutrition/digestion, cardiovascular physiology), with approaches spanning from studies of molecular and cellular/subcellular mechanisms, to integrative, whole-animal studies that may be conducted in the field or as experimental studies in the laboratory (or as a combination of these). For this purpose, specialized laboratories and approved research animal facilities, where several relevant species of fishes, birds and mammals are maintained, are available.
Master`s projects will normally form a part of ongoing projects which encompass both curiosity-driven basic research projects and projects important for production and management of natural resources in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Students will be expected to participate actively in seminars that are given within the research group, as well as at the institute.
For more information about the research group see:
Recommended elective courses for the Master's discipline:
In addition, some courses at Bachelor`s level (e.g., the course BIO-2310 or other relevant courses) may be included in the Master' s discipline, if such courses were not taken during the Bachelor`s studies.
Students are encouraged to discuss with supervisors what will be the optimal set of courses.
A Master's candidate is expected to have advanced and comprehensive knowledge of biological methodology, theories, concepts and scientific approaches. The candidates who complete the programme are expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined by general proficincy, knowledge and skills:
Students will have advanced knowledge in biology and in the following discipline:
Students will have the ability to:
A Master`s of Science degree in Biology will prepare students for a wide range of jobs, in both public and private sectors, including; research, administration, consulting and the teaching profession.
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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Elective course (10 ECTS)
Compulsory for students who have not taken this course during bachelor
Compulsory for students with Master`s topic on birds/mammals (6 ECTS)
Compulsory for students with Master`s topic on fish (5 ECTS)
Elective course (5 ECTS)
Compulsory for all Master`s students in biology
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Admission to the Master`s programme in Biology requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification. An additional requirement is specialization in biological topics (i.e. biodiversity (zoology/botany), ecology, cell-and molecular biology, microbiology, physiology (animal/plant), biochemistry and bioinformatics) worth a minimum of 80 ECTS.
Applicants with a degree in Agricultural studies, Biomedical laboratory sciences ("Bioingeniør"), Bachelor of Pharmacy, Medicine or Dentistry does not fulfil the admission requirements.
Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand: An average grade C as a minimum requirement.
Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade B as a minimum requirement.
The average grade is calculated from the entire bachelor's degree.
More information on admission requirements:
Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:
Application deadline: April 15th for admission to the autumn semester and November 1st for admission to the spring semester.
Online application is via Søknadsweb, study code 6001.
International appplicants/Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:
Application deadline: December 1st for admission to the autumn semester.
Online application, study code 2004.
How to apply for admission to UiT? Read more here
Several teaching and assessment methods are employed, including lectures, seminars, laboratory work, computer lab and field courses. These will vary from course to course.
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.
The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.
On successful completion of the degree programme, students may be qualified for admission to to a PhD-programme in Biology at the University of Tromsø or elsewhere.
Students can apply for exchange studies or field work abroad according to the available cooperation agreements within scholarship programmes such as Erasmus, Nordplus, Barentsplus or North2North. Please consult the programme study adviser for more information. Students can also undertake periods of studying at The University Centre at Svalbard, UNIS
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