Marine Ecology

Marin økologi
Ecology is the study of the factors and mechanisms that determine the number and distribution of living organisms.

About the specialisation in Marine Ecology

As the impact of human activity on marine ecosystems increases, the study of ecosystems’ function and interaction of organisms within these systems becomes increasingly important.

Underwater life is fascinating, but difficult to study. In this programme, you will participate in research teams studying different marine environments from different perspectives: evolutionary processes using molecular techniques, dynamics of diversity and communities and modelling of hydrodynamical regimes.

An understanding of such processes is essential for sustainable management of marine resources in the future. This programme prepares you for a career in research, consulting, industry or with environmental authorities.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge
Upon successful completion of the programme, the candidate:

  • has advanced knowledge of marine ecosystems and their functioning.
  • has advanced understanding of the dynamics of marine ecosystem processes and the interaction with environmental drivers and anthropogenic impacts.
  • has thorough knowledge of relevant scientific methods in marine research.
  • can apply knowledge to new areas within marine ecology.

Skills
Upon successful completion of the programme, the candidate:

  • can retrieve, analyze and critically review scholarly information in the field of marine ecology.
  • can use scientific information and theories to independently work on scientific problems.
  • can use relevant research methods in marine ecology to design and carry out a limited research project under supervision.

General competence
Upon successful completion of the programme, the candidate:

  • can communicate about the main academic issues and challenges in marine ecological research with specialists and the general public.
  • can carry out advanced assignments and projects by applying the knowledge and skills in marine ecology.
  • can communicate independent work carried out in the research project and masters language as well as terminology of the field of marine ecology.
  • can contribute to the progress and debates in marine ecology.

Affiliated research groups

Recommended elective courses

Students with specialisation in Marine ecology are recommended to choose the following alternatives: 


​Alternative 1
​Alternative 2
​1. semester
  • ​Scientific communication and research methods BI300 10 ECTS
  • Evolutionary Genetics BI317F, 10 ECTS
  • Environmental pollution and ecotoxicology ØKO5021 5 ECTS
  • Individual Curriculum BI308F, 5 ECTS
  • ​Scientific communication and research methods BI300 10 ECTS
  • Evolutionary Genetics BI317F, 10 ECTS
Either
  • Aquaculture Practices and Principles AK303, 10 ECTS or
  • Courses from advanced bachelor level, 10 ECTS
​2. semester
  • ​Biophysical Interactions BI312F 10 ECTS
  • RNA Biology BI322F, 5 ECTS
  • Ecosystem Resilience BI313F 5 ECTS
  • Individual Curriculum BI307F 10 ECTS
  • ​Biophysical Interactions BI312F 10 ECTS
  • Courses from advanced bachelor level, 10 ECTS
  • Individual Curriculum BI307F, 10 ECTS
​3-4. semester
Master's thesis, 60 ECTS




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Study location for this specialisation:
Bodø

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