Biology (Master's Programme)


MSBIO, Sat Jul 13 11:02:27 MEST 2024 | M2

Are you passionate about making a contribution to the preservation of our planet's species

In today's world, the global ecosystem and biodiversity face unprecedented threats. To better understand and anticipate the impacts of human activities and a changing environment, there is an increasing demand for advanced biological knowledge.

The current climate crisis and the alarming rate of species extinction underscore the urgency of sustainable development. Consequently, there is a critical need for more in-depth knowledge and research expertise in the field of biology.

The courses and research opportunities within this master program vary depending on the specialization, but all have a focus on providing you with more knowledge of life on the planet, which in turn will contribute towards a more sustainable world, and how to mediate the needed “green shift”.

Start of studies 2024

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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

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Upon completing the MSc in Biology, you will gain international qualifications that open doors to a diverse array of career opportunities in both public and government sectors.

You'll have the chance to work within county and municipal directorates or various ministries, contributing your expertise to critical roles.

Additionally, a Master's in Biology will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for roles in the private sector, where you can serve as a researcher or advisor in consultancy agencies, environmental research institutes, or various industries.

If you decide to complement your studies with a year of practical pedagogy, you'll also become eligible to teach at secondary schools, sharing your passion for biology with the next generation.

Moreover, this master's degree can serve as a stepping stone for those considering further advancement in academia, potentially leading to a Ph.D. in Biology

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NTNU's Gløshaugen campus in Trondheim, Norway offers master's students an ideal blend of academia and vibrant city life. Proximity to the city center ensures easy access to cultural events and amenities, while state-of-the-art facilities and interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities enhance your research experience.

NTNU's robust student support network ensures academic success and personal growth in this dynamic student town.

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MSc in Biology has four specializations:

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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 at university level.

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The student advisors are your contacts in all questions about the programme, i. e., compulsory and optional subjects, exams, deadlines, etc. Please contact the advisors if you have questions. E-mail:

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