Biology (Master's Programme)


MSBIO, Mon Sep 25 19:44:47 CEST 2023 | M2

Do you want to contribute to a sustainable environment? 

Nature and biodiversity is threatened globally, and we need more biological research 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.

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

Read more about what you will learn

Graduates of the MSc 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 find the Department of Biology based at the Gløshaugen campus, in Trondheim which is Norways largest student town. The campus is excellently located close to the city centre.

The campus gives you access to excellent facilities and state of the art scientific equipment.

The Department of Biology have strong collaborations with other science and technology departments at the university.

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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 structure

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.

Read more about the requirements on the link below. 

Read more about admission and requirements

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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