Study structure

Biology (Master's Programme)

Programme structure

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The Master of Science in Biology program at NTNU is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and research opportunities in biology. The program comprises two academic years and consists of a variety of courses and research options.


Key features of the program

  1. Core Courses: The curriculum includes core courses in various biological disciplines, allowing students to build a solid foundation in areas such as ecology, physiology, and molecular biology.
  2. Elective Courses: Students have the flexibility to tailor their studies by choosing from a range of elective courses based on their interests and career goals.
  3. Research Opportunities: The program emphasizes research, allowing students to engage in cutting-edge research projects under the guidance of experienced faculty.
  4. Thesis: A significant portion of the program is dedicated to the completion of a research thesis, where students can delve deep into a specific area of biology.
  5. Student Support: The university provides support services and resources to ensure student success, both academically and personally.

Overall, the Master of Science in Biology program at NTNU offers a well-rounded educational experience that combines high expectations towards students with research opportunities and a supportive student environment.

MSc in Biology has four specializations

The master program has two main components

  • Master- thesis (60 credits)
  • Theoretical and methodological courses, mandatory and elective courses (60 credits)

MSc in Biology is two years of full-time study where the normal workload for a full-time student for one academic year is 60 credits. Teaching is given in English for all four study areas.

The specializations are different in terms of admission requirements.

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Study plan details

Check the current schedule for compulsory and elective courses by year and semester, as well as other details about the programme.

Study plan