Biodiversity and Systematics

University of Oslo

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
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In the Biodiversity and Systematics programme of the University of Oslo, students are trained to gain the systematic and taxonomic expertise needed in our society to be able to take action against loss of biodiversity. 


Why choose this programme?

The nordic master programme in biodiversity and systematics - NABiS - is a consortium aimed at developing taxonomic skills and awareness among biodiversity professionals in Scandinavia. The universities involved in the Biodiversity and Systematics programme of the University of Oslo are University of Gothenburg, University of Lund, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Uppsala University, Aarhus University, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Tromsø University Museum and University of Oslo.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the programme the student will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories in the field of Biodiversity and Systematics, in the broad sense as well as at a more detailed level in a limited part of the field.
  • Demonstrate deeper insight into current research practice and methodologies in the field of biodiversity and systematics.

Skills and abilities

  • Demonstrate ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and perspectives and to analyse, assess and deal with complex biological problems, issues and situations in particular within the field of Biodiversity and Systematics.
  • Demonstrate ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate scientific objectives and, within specified time limits and using appropriate methods, carry out the tasks required to obtain results and by appropriately evaluating the work contribute to the development of knowledge within the field.
  • Demonstrate an ability to clearly present and communicate scientific findings, both orally and in writing, and, in dialogue with different social groups, nationally as well as internationally, discuss the conclusions in relation to the state of knowledge within the field and the arguments behind it.
  • Demonstrate skills required to participate in research as well as developmental work or for independently pursuing other qualified work.

Judgement and approach

  • Demonstrate an ability to assess biological, social and ethical consequences of biodiversity issues and demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and management practice.
  • Demonstrate an ability to reflect on the possibilities and limitations of science, on its role in society and the responsibility of humans on how it is being used.
  • Demonstrate an ability to reflect on their personal impact on biodiversity in a global perspective.
  • Demonstrate an ability to reflect on their personal learning process and take responsibility for further knowledge development.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Identification of marine microalgae and macroalgae
  • Bryophyte morphology and identification
  • Insects: Inventory and identification
  • Diversity and identification of marine invertebrates
  • Fungal diversity and evolution
  • Fundamental and molecular systematics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

This programme is only open to Nordic applicants, EU applicants and applicants residing in Norway.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor’s degree.
  • Bachelor of science in Biology with at least 80 credits in Biology. The following fields must be covered: Zoology, Botany, Ecology.
  • You must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C in the required specialization. A Norwegian C is described as a good grade, generally comparable to an American B and a Second Class Upper in the British system.
  • Documentation of English language proficiency.
  • Scan and upload your official transcripts documenting that you have completed your upper secondary education.
  • You must scan and upload your official bachelor's degree certificate and academic transcript.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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Biodiversity and Systematics
University of Oslo


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