Master of Science in Ecology
Dept of Academic Affairs
Why study Ecology?
- It is a key component in understanding global environmental challenges.
- There is a growing concern over the human impact on the environment.
- The need for ecologists has never been greater.
- The programme has two specializations, i.e. General ecology and Tropical ecology and management of natural resources.
- Programme structure
Master - Ecology
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Specialization: General ecology
The specialization in General ecology will give you a thorough understanding of central elements of ecology.
You will be able to understand and recognize the complexity of ecosystems.
You will have an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes that have formed biological diversity, and have an up-to-date knowledge about global change and its impact on organisms and ecosystems.
You can choose from a wide range of courses according to your personal preferences.
Specialization: Tropical ecology and management of natural resources
The specialization in Tropical ecology and management of natural resources will give you solid knowledge about the biology and ecology of the tropics.
It addresses current challenges in tropical ecology like habitat destruction and biodiversity decline. Here the interrelationships between poverty, land-use and nature conservation are central.
You will learn about some of the most spectacular areas on earth, and will collect field data in Africa, Asia or Latin America.
- Read more about Specialisation in Tropical Ecology and Management of Natural Resources
What can you use this qualification for?
You will be qualified for tasks related to environmental monitoring, research and education, sustainable forestry and agriculture, biological conservation, bioethics, and a range of technical professions.
The programme has a strong research emphasis, and can be the basis for further PhD studies.
During the first year you will tailor your personal study profile by selecting your favourite courses.
The course work will require interactive participation by the students through presentations, short thematic reviews, term papers and discussion sections.
An individual research project, i.e. the master thesis, is the main focus the second year.Relevant courses:
Admission and Requirements
- Behavioural and Population Ecology
- Community Based Natural Resource Management
- Conservation Biology
- Ecological Entomology
- Ecology and Management of Natural Resources in the Tropics
- Environmental Pollutants and Ecotoxicology
- Genetic Basis of Biodiversity
- Global Change Ecology
- Landscape Ecology
- Molecular Evolution
- Restoration Ecology
- The Ecology and Management of Rivers and Lakes
- Tropical Ecosystems and Biodiversity
The applicants must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, in natural sciences, with solid knowledge of ecology and ecological processes.
Applicants must have obtained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in their degree.
Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with the UMB regulations for programmes taught in English.
For further information
• Information about application and general questions about the study:
Students Information Office (SiT)
tlf.: +47 64 96 61 00
• More information about the studyprogramme:
Study Coordinator: Cathrine Glosli
phone: +47 64 96 50 27 / +47 64 96 58 00
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