MSc Biology - 2-year master, NTNU Trondheim
Welcome week at NTNU 2021
Welcome week at NTNU 2021
This is an informal meeting where you will get some tips on being a new student in Trondheim and starting your studies at NTNU. You can ask questions directly to our student advisers and the Buddies at the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
Time: 12.00-13.00 (GMT+2)
Register in advance for this meeting: https://NTNU.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckduivrTgsG93gj9GMd6EFfqWdOwFrzkFP
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new MSc in Biology (MSBIO) students to NTNU.
Due to the current situation with the pandemic, this year's matriculation ceremony at NTNU will be organized in a slightly different manner than usual. Master’s students will be invited to view the matriculation ceremony digitally.
More information on this year's Matriculation ceremony.
Please refer to programme on Thursday August 19th were there will be a welcome ceremony for all master’s students at the Faculty of Natural Sciences (mandatory attendance).
Information meetings for international students
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. The sessions will be live-streamed, but it will also be possible to watch them later at your convenience.
08:30 (GMT+2) - Join welcome meeting for new exchange and master's students.
Students are encouraged to attend the "Get started"-day on Gløshaugen after the welcome meeting.
13:00 (GMT+2) - Information meeting for new exchange students
13:00 (GMT+2) - Information meeting for new international (master's) students
Find more information here.
Please note that agendas and links to these meetings, will also be posted on this link.
A vast number of different student organizations will be present on campus Gløshaugen on Tuesday 17th of August. They will showcase a variety of activities, causes and organizations you can engage with outside your studies at NTNU.
NTNU, and Trondheim in particular, is well-known for a vibrant and lively student community with a strong volunteerism spirit - as a result, there are literally hundreds of different associations, clubs, sports teams and organisations you can join in your free time, which is an excellent way to make friends.
Most of these will be present on campus on the "Get-started"-day, and will have exhibition stands outdoors where you can wander about and talk to representatives from any organization that might interest you.
Representatives from certain services at NTNU and SiT, such as the Office of International Relations, will also be present. The Office of International Relations will give a presentation (on campus) in English on the various student associations and organizations available.
The Buddy programme at the Faculty of Natural Sciences (NV) will help new international students to quickly become familiar with the university.
On Wednesday 18th of August, the Buddies will host a social event for all new master students.
To keep updated, please join the Facebook group for international students at NV which is officially launched from July 1st:
Buddy 2021 – Faculty of Natural Sciences
Time: 12.30 (GMT+2) Welcome by the Faculty of Natural Sciences at
Location: R1 in Realfagbygget
Time: 13:30 (GMT+2) Orientation meeting by the program council of the MSc Biology.
Location: R5 in Realfagbygget
NB! There may be changes depending on current pandemic restrictions.
Physical HSE-training is mandatory for all students at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The training for the 2-year master students is run on the 20th of August and is set to run in English.
Time: meet 08.20 (GMT+2) for registration
Finished approx 10.30 (GMT+2)
To follow the course, you must register on Studweb, course code HMS0003. You must register both for exam and for tuition.
You will not be able to get access to any of NTNUs labratories prior to the completion of this course.
5-day intro-course on How to do science (Mandatory) 23-27 August
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.
Please sign up for the course here. In case the link does not work please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and please inform us of your full name, study programme and food allergies/preferences (in case you can attend physically).
For a detailed course schedule, please refer to this page.
Your student association
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 to help you adapt to student life in Trondheim. If you like to join, please register here: https://forms.gle/YuZm439eJc1TgXEG7
For more information about student councils and other student organizations at NTNU, please refer to this page.
The Buddy Programme
The Buddy programme at the Faculty of Natural Sciences (NV) helps new international students get to know NTNU. Two second-year master students work as buddies and they will arrange several information meetings and social activities to help you get familiar with NTNUs websites, campuses, Trondheim, etc.
To keep updated, please join the Facebook group for international students at NV which is officially launched from July 1st: Buddy 2021 – Faculty of Natural Sciences
You can also send the buddies an e-mail: email@example.com
Checklist and manage your stay
The Office of International Relations has a comprehensive checklist of what you need to do as a new international student at NTNU:
You will also find an overview of what you need to do to prepare the semester here:
Please check this page for the academic calendar for 2021.
Your timetable will be available in the timetable tool in TP after you have registered for your courses.
The timetable is also in the course descriptions online. Links to your courses can be found in the study plan under «study plam» on your study program page. If you do not find the timetable in the course descriptions, it will be published in Blackboard at semester start.
The overview of all published digital curriculum lists can be found in the library's database. If you do not find the syllabus or your subjects in the database, it will be ready for the start of studies.
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.
The Covid-19 pandemic poses a number of challenges to students arriving from abroad. NTNU is continuously working to facilitate the reception of international students, even in these difficult times.
Please refer to this page for updated information and guidelines. Here you will find all the information you as an international student need to travel to NTNU and Norway for the 2021 autumn semester.
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.
Special needs students or students with disabilities can also get help with individual accommodations.
Please note that for special needs accommodation there are deadlines you need to adhere to, as early as 01.09.2021. 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 - forsidetekst
Do you want to contribute to the UN Sustainability Goals?
Then a Masters degree in Biology is a good choice!
Nature is declining globally, and we need more biological knowledge in order to understand and predict effects from human activities and a changing environment. Today’s climate crisis and rapid extinction of species has created a need for sustainable development, which in turn makes a pressing need for knowledge and research within the study of biology.
The Master degree in Biology contributes to NTNU’s strategy “Knowledge for a better world” and the United Nations vision to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The two-year International Master in Biology offers a practical and theoretical study of living organisms and how they interact in changing environments. Biology studies are essential to solving the challenges concerning effects of climate change and human activities on biological diversity and ecosystem services. When you choose to study biology in Norway at NTNU, you can play an essential role in solving challenges related to climate change, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, towards a sustainable exploitation and use of natural resources. It will also help us to maintain the global food supply and improve human health and well-being.
You have access to dedicated supervisors and research labs with cutting-edge instrumentation when you opt to study biology in Norway at NTNU. Studying with us means that you may do your fieldwork at our field stations on the Norwegian coast and in the Dovre Mountains, or as far away as Tanzania and Svalbard. Or you can do laboratory experiments to study how plants and animals are adapted to their environment and how they respond to environmental changes.
English is the primary teaching language in all our Master courses. Supervision of the Master projects are by the Department of Biology and Department of Natural History, and often involve co-supervisors from other research entities such as NINA or SINTEF.
By taking the Master in Biology, this is what you can cover:
- Molecular methods for cloning genes
- DNA sequencing for parentage analysis
- 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 and laboratory experiments on terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals in environments ranging from the arctic to the tropics
- Analysis of environmental effects on organisms, variation in population dynamics, species distribution and phenotypic plasticity
- Theoretical modelling
Do you want to study biology in Norway at NTNU?
Please read the requirements carefully, as you need a relevant background for the specialisation you have in mind. Admission to the MSc programme in Biology requires a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent 3-year education) in Biology (minimum of 80 ECTS credits biology courses). In addition, applicants must have basic knowledge in chemistry, statistics, and mathematics.
Admission to the different specialisations requires a Bachelor’s degree that is relevant for the specialisation in mind:
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Ecology, Behaviour, Evolution, and Biosystematics
- Biodiversity and Systematics (Nordic Masters)
Graduates of the Master in Biology are internationally qualified for a wide range of positions in public and government institutions. You can work for directorates in counties and municipalities, or various ministries. With a Master’s in Biology, you may also obtain a position in the private sector as a researcher or adviser in consultancy agencies or environmental research institutes and industries. If you take one year of practical pedagogy, you will also be qualified to teach in secondary schools. You may also progress further to a Ph.D. in Biology.
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You’ll gain needed and valuable knowledge of biological processes. The broad field of biology is central to several of the United Nations’ sustainability goals. Biology 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.
Read more about the Programme Components
You’ll find the Department of Biology based at the Gløshaugen campus, where you will have access to excellent facilities and state of the art scientific equipment. We have strong teaching and research links with other science and technology departments at the university. The campus has an excellent location, being close to Trondheim city centre.
More About Study Environment
Please feel free to contact our student advisors for all questions about our study programme, i. e., compulsory and optional subjects, exams, deadlines, etc. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact and guidance
Krysspublisert! IKKE rør! Application deadlines
1 December 2020
1 March 2021
15 April 2021
Admission August 2021: The application portal will open in October for non-EU students
Semester start 2021
Semester start 2021
Are you wondering what your first week at NTNU will be like?
Here you will find more information about the start of the semester after 15 June.