Pre-study information for MSc Biology

Pre-study information for MSc Biology

In order to become registrered as a student at NTNU, get access to student facilities such as the Studentweb and Blackboard and register for classes and exams, it is of uttermost importance that you complete all the steps found here. 

The Faculty of Natural Science also organises an induction week for all new masters students. We strongly encourage all international students to participate.

Due to the current situation with the Corona pandemic, the induction week will be based online. For more information on the detailed program of this week, please refer to the information posted below.

On 25 June, the Norwegian Government published some changes concerning the travel restrictions that were introduced earlier this Spring to limit the spread of the corona-virus.


The changes entail that from 1 July, all international students who have been offered admission to a study programme at a Norwegian University are allowed to cross the border into Norway. This applies to EU/EEA-citizens and citizens from countries outside the EU who have obtained a residence permit in Norway.


At the moment, everyone except Danish, Icelandic and Finnish citizens must however stay self-quarantined for 10 days after arrival in Norway.


You will find updated information on travel advice etc. here:


I also recommend that you check the website regularly for updates.


We have earlier sent out information to all of you that the Autumn semester at NTNU will be digital, and we have advised our international students to stay at home and follow lectures online and then plan on arriving in Norway in January 2021.


For non-EU citizens, the changes in travel restrictions will not lead to any changes as far as the Autumn semester at NTNU is concerned, as you have to apply for a visa before entering Norway, and to do that you will need housing and documentation of financing. As NTNU cannot guarantee housing for the Autumn semester and the process of depositing money and applying for a visa is very time-consuming, you will in any case not be able to arrive at NTNU in August. We will therefore continue as planned and send you all the necessary practical information in August to prepare you for your visa applications for January 2021.


EU-citizens may in some cases be able to travel to Norway and start their studies physically from August, as you do not need a visa. However, there are two factors that you need to be aware of:


1.Not all study programmes will offer physical lectures in the Autumn semester. Please contact a student advisor at your study programme to check what the status may be for your programme.


2.NTNU cannot guarantee or provide housing for the Autumn semester, so you have to arrange accommodation yourself.


The Student Welfare Organization SiT may still have some rooms left, and you are welcome to apply for these on an individual basis. Please see or send an e-mail to Please also see for information about possibilities on the private market in Trondheim.


To sum up:

We still recommend that you all stay at home for the Autumn semester and schedule your arrival in Norway for January. For EU/EEA-citizens, however, there is a possibility that you can travel to Norway earlier, provided that you organize this yourself and that you stay updated on the corona-situation.


The above information is valid for international students accepted into a regular two-year Master’s programme at NTNU as well as students in an Erasmus Mundus, Nordic 5Tech or other double degree programme.


You are welcome to contact us on or on my personal e-mail for questions, but please note that the month of July is a holiday month in Norway and I cannot guarantee that you will receive an immediate answer.

We are looking forward to welcoming our new students to study start. The matriculation ceremony is NTNUs way of officially welcoming new students as part of our University. 

Due to the current situation with the pandemic, this year's matriculation ceremony will be digital.   

We want everyone to get a good start and be part of the student community at NTNU, even if you have to follow the lectures digitally the first semester from your home country.

More information on this year's matriculation ceremony.

The Office of International Relations will organise information meetings and online Q&As about how to register for courses, exams and other practical NTNU matters. These sessions will be live-streamed, but it will also be possible to watch them later at your convenience.

For more information on this programme and how to join online, please check out this page. 

The Buddy programme at the Faculty of Natural Science (NV) will help new international students to quickly become familar with the university. 

On Wednesday 12th of August, buddies Clara Gansert og Ragnhild Sødal Gjennestad will guide you through Gløshaugen Campus life (Online on Zoom). 

To keep updated, please join the Facebook group for international students at NV which is offically launched from July 1st: 
Buddy 2020 – Faculty of Natural Sciences

*More information on how you can join online will come when this has been confirmed. 

The Faculty of Natural Science and the Department of Biology is excited to welcome you as a new student! 

13:00 (GMT+1) Welcome by Øyvind Gregersen, the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Science* 

13:45 (GMT+1) Orientation meeting by the program council of the MSc of Biology.* 

*Online for international students. Physical room for norwegian students. More information to follow. More information on how you can join will come when this has been confirmed. 

Physical HSE-training is mandatory for all students at the Faculty of Natural Science. The training for the 2-year master students is run on the 14.08 and is set to run in English. 

For those international students arriving on campus in January 2021, you will recieve this training when you arrive.

You will not be able to get access to any of NTNUs labratories prior to the completion of this course. 

For more details and information on the HSE-trainings please refer to this webpage. 


All masters students with fields related to biology must complete the 5-day intro-course How to do science. This is a seminar series to motivate and prepare you for your masters studies. It will include talks by our professors, project work and an opportunity to meet some of the 2nd year masters students.

Are you enrolled in one of these master programs which contains biology: MSc in Biology, MSc in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, MSc Ocean or MSc Natural Resource Management  you should have received a notification by email on how to sign up for this. If this is not the case, please contact to sign up or ask questions regarding the course.

Here is a link to last year’s program. An updated program for this year will come soon!

A lot of the social and academic life at NTNU revolves around special student association which in Norwegian are called linjeforeninger (literally area-of-study-associations).

Your student association is called Volvox & Alkymisten and will hold a welcome week filled with social events from 13.08.-22.08. to help you adapt to student life in Trondheim. Please find more information in their welcome letter here. 

For more information about student councils and other student organisations at NTNU, please refer to this page. 

Academic calendar

Please check this page for the academic calendar for 2020. 

Library services

Through our online library service, you can get acccess to books, journals etc. 

How to learn norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course. 

Many students are in need of adaptations during the course of their studies, for shorter or longer periods of time. If you have any kind of special needs, we would love to help you with adaptations to ensure your study is as successfull as possible.

Please note that there are deadlines you need to adhere to, as early as 01.09.2020. Thus it is important that you contact the right department at your earliest convenience. 

For more information about who to contact, deadlines, the various support services, courses, groups and adaptation possibilities at NTNU, please refer to this page. 

About the Programme

About the Programme

The two-year International MSc in Biology offers practical and theoretical study of living organisms and how they interact in changing environments.

Knowledge of biological processes will help facing challenges concerning the effects of climate change and pollution on biological diversity and ecosystem services. It will also help us to maintain the global food supply and improve human health and well-being.

We offer courses and Master's research projects that cover the full spectrum of biology, from biomolecules and cells to populations and ecosystems, in four fields of study:

Our study programme gives you as a student direct experience with current biological methods, such as molecular methods for cloning genes, DNA sequencing for parentage analysis and genetic variation in wild populations, analysis of complex genomic and metabolic networks, physiological measurements in wild and captive organisms, captive breeding and artificial selection, field experiments on plants and animals in environments ranging from the arctic to the tropics, or theoretical modeling.

Our research labs support cutting-edge instrumentation. Field work can be based at our field stations on the Norwegian coast and in the Dovre Mountains, or as far away as Tanzania and Svalbard. English is the main language of instruction in all our Master's courses. Master's projects are supervised by Department of Biology and Department of Natural History, but often involve co-supervisors from other research entities such NINA or SINTEF.

23 Jun 2020

Programme facts

Programme facts

Degree: Master of Science in Biology
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSBIO
Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English
Location: Norway, Trondheim

Host Faculty:
The Faculty of Natural Sciences

Host department:
Department of Biology

How to Apply

Krysspublisert! IKKE rør! Application deadlines

Digital lectures for the first semesterMore Information for International students who have been offered admission into an international Master’s programme at NTNU.

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2019

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2020

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2020

Admission August 2021: The application portal will open in October for non-EU students

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