Microbiology, M.Sc.

Microbiology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms: bacteria, archaea, fungi, single-cell algae and protozoa, and includes also viruses. Fundamental to the field is the study of the microorganisms' properties and their functions in different environments. University of Bergen offers the MS in Microbiology programme.


The field ranges from basic cell biological and molecular questions to ecology and the use of microorganisms in practical and commercial applications. Knowledge about microbiology is important in e.g. food industry, human and veterinary medicine, farming, oil industry, biotechnology and in relation to ecology and ecological processes in nature. Knowledge of microbiology therefore has large social implications and is also important for the understanding of the origin and diversity of life, and as a model for possible extraterrestrial life.

The goal of the Microbiology master program from University of Bergen is to give an insight into the subject through theory, experiments and other relevant work, so that the student gets an overall understanding of the characteristics, activity and role of microorganisms in the environment. The microbiology master's program will enable you to enter into a wide range of positions where microbiology is relevant.

During the study the candidate will gain knowledge about:

  • The most characteristic features of microorganisms; bacteria, archaea, fungi, microalga, protozoa and virus
  • The functions and importance of microorganisms in different environments
  • Interactions between microorganisms and between micro and macro-organisms (symbiosis), including their importance of development of deceases.
  • Microbial diversity, physiology, metabolism, microbial food-webs and biogeochemical cycles.
  • Microbial gene regulation and gene transfer mechanisms.
  • The role of prokaryotes in the early evolution of life.
  • The social applications of microbiology
  • Basic methods and techniques used in microbiology, molecular technology and biotechnology.

During the study the candidate should have gained the following skills:

  • Be familiar with relevant research questions in microbiology and contribute constructively to the design and performance of microbiological experiments and analyse the results in view of the given hypothesis.
  • Pursue, critically evaluate and implement microbial knowledge and scientific litterature
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge about basic microbial methods.
  • Be able to present and analyse quantitative data, discuss the precision and accuracy of the data and combine the analysis with the most basic statistical principals.
  • Present, analyse and discuss microbial results in a good scientific and critical manner both oral and in a written style, also for non-spesialists.

General competences

  • Be able to work in accord with scientific principles, and understand and respect openness, precision, accountability and the significance of distinguishing between knowledge and opinion.
  • Consider central scientific and ethical tasks, in the student¿s own work and others work.
  • Communicate scientific issues, analyzes and conclusions within microbiology, both to specialists and non-specialists
  • Be able to analyze general biological scientific questions and contribute to discussions to enlighten these questions
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team with comprehensive and demanding biological assignments, in accordance with research ethics standards.
  • Be able to discuss the student's research field in public discussions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microbiology
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Biological Data Analysis and Research Design
  • Experimental Microbiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Master's Thesis in Biology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need a completed first degree (bachelor's degree) of three or four years duration from an approved institution of higher education as well as documented proficiency in the English language.
The selection of students for admission to the Master's programme in Biology - Microbiology is based on the following criteria:
  • Academic degree in biology/microbiology, or equivalent, not older than two years (exceptions can be made if the applicant has relevant work experience)
  • The average grade of the Bachelor's degree must be at least 1st class or the equivalent as academic result
  • Your Bachelor's degree must include specialization in biology corresponding to minimum 60 ECTS (one academic year) and should be documented with course descriptions and learning outcomes for the degree
  • A good command of English (documented by English test
Additional consideration is given to the following:
  • Lab experience and practical field experience (must be documented)
  • Depth and relevance of educational training
  • Extent and relevance of work experience
  • The applicant's prospects for having a productive career in the special field of study
  • Consideration to ensure diversity in the pool of students admitted to the programme
  • Number of self-financing students admitted to the master's programme: max 3 students

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Living costs for Bergen

  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
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