Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
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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 Master of Science in Ecology at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is offered by the Department of Science.


What can you use this qualification for?

You will be qualified for tasks related to environmental monitoring, biological conservation, research and education. Candidates work for a variety of employers, ranging from public government, NGOs, research institutions and the university sector. The Master of Science in Ecology at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a strong research emphasis, and can be the basis for further Ph.D. studies.

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
  • Latin America.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conservation Biology 
  • Methods in Natural Sciences
  • Global Change Ecology
  • Genetic Basis of Biodiversity or Molecular Ecology and Evolution
  • Photobiology
  • Ecological Entomology
  • Behavioural and Population Ecology,
  • Landscape Ecology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

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

  • The applicants must have obtained a Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, in natural sciences, with solid knowledge of ecology and ecological processes. 
  • Copy of foreign passport or ID   card
      • Documentation of upper secondary school
      • Documentation of higher education
      • Courses to be completed
      • Translations
      • Documentation of English language proficiency
      • Documentation of financing

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • There are no tuition fees at NMBU.
    • NMBU does not offer scholarships for bachelor or master students. 


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    Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)