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Master programme (2 years)


Bodø, Steinkjer

Understanding living organisms and their relationship with the environment is crucial to create sustainable solutions for the future.

Programme description

Understanding living organisms and their relationship to the environment is crucial to creating sustainable solutions for the future and conserving natural resources. The Master of Biosciences at Nord University educates scientists to have a fundamental understanding of the importance of sustainability and advanced knowledge of their chosen area of specialisation.

Students can choose from specialisations within aquaculture, genomics, livestock science, marine ecology, and terrestrial ecology. A master's in Biosciences from Nord University provides a competitive edge in the job market and our graduates can choose to work in a wide range of industries and fields.

Career opportunities

As a Biosciences graduate and depending on your specialisation, you will be qualified to, for example, carry out laboratory work, environmental consultancy, work in the aquaculture sector, and work in all levels of the public sector, from municipal authorities to national government and agencies.

Student exchange

Have you thought of exchanging to another part of the world? We highly recommended our students to spend part of their degree at one of our collaborating universities. Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity to gain international experience, while allowing a broader selection of topics and courses. A study abroad compliments your degree best in the second semester.

The application deadline for exchange in the spring semester is 1 September. For more information on the process, please contactJose de Pool, advisor for study exchange.

Exchange agreements, FBA

Following further studies

Graduates qualify to apply for admission to PhD programmes at Norwegian and foreign universities. By taking an additional teacher training programme graduates are qualified to teach in secondary schools.
Higher education entrance qualification, language requirement, view more information about requirements and deadlines.

Learning outcomes:

On completion of the programme graduates will possess advanced knowledge within the field of biology depending on the specialisation within aquaculture, genomic, marine or terrestrial ecology, or livestock science. The training offers a thorough knowledge of relevant scientific methods used in biological research


Graduates of the programme can:

  • analyse and critically relate to various information sources and apply them to structure and formulate questions in biology
  • objectively assess existing theories, methods and research strategies within the field
  • use relevant methods in an independent way to collect, analyse, interpret and understand biological data
  • carry out an independent, limited research project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics

General competence

Graduates can:

  • analyse relevant biological and ethical issues
  • apply their knowledge and skills to participate in scientific research and professional research related to the master's specialisation
  • perform advanced tasks and projects within the field
  • communicate extensive independent work and master's level language and terminology in the academic field
  • communicate about academic biological problems to both scientists and the general public
  • contribute to new thinking and innovation processes