Ecology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
Ecology is a key component in understanding global environmental challenges. There is a growing concern over the human impact on the environment, and the need for ecologists has never been greater.The Ecology programme offered by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a strong research emphasis, and can be the basis for further Ph.D. studies.

About

What can you use this qualification for?

With the Ecology programme offered at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) 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.

What will you learn?

The first year you will tailor your personal study profile by selecting your favourite courses. It 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's thesis, is the main focus the second year. Students specializing in Tropical ecology and management of natural resources will collect field data in Africa, Asia, South America or Latin America.

Short description

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. 

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Conservation Biology and Methods in Natural Sciences
  • Global Change Ecology
  • Genetic Basis of Biodiversity
  • Population Genetics and Molecular Ecology
  • Photobiology
  • Ecological Entomology
  • Behavioural and Population Ecology
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Ecology and Management of Rivers and Lakes
  • Environmental pollutants and Ecotoxicology or Restoration Ecology
  • Tropical rainforest ecology and conservation
  • Ecology and Management of Natural Resources in the Tropics
  • Restoration Ecology and Human Wildlife Interactions
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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 demonstrate English language ability in accordance with NMBU's regulations for programmes taught in English. 

Applicants must have obtained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in their degree.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration requires that citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA-area and Switzerland can provide documentation of financial ability, i.e. a minimum amount of money required to cover living expenses for each academic year in Norway.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

There are no tuition fees at NMBU. As a student you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 10,000 per month in order to cover basic expenses.

Living costs for Ås

  • 9420 - 15000 NOK/month
    Living Costs

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