Biosciences

Master's degree in Bodø and Steinkjer

New Students Welcome: Orientation Week 2019

Important information 

Orientation Week is full of exciting events that help you prepare for having a successful start as a student at Nord University. Explore the complete Orientation Week schedule in the menu below.

Mandatory attendance
International full-degree students are required to attend a compulsory orientation meeting held by the International Office on Monday, 12 August. View the full programme here. Please note that the faculty information meeting 14:00 - 15:00 on Monday is intended for exchange students only. Orientation Week events specifically organised for MSc Biosciences students begin on Monday, 19 August. 

Please notify the study advisor, Mats Pedersen, if you are unable to attend Orientation Week.

Timetable
You can view your programme timetable online by clicking on the respective specialisation below. This will show you a weekly breakdown of all classes for the first semester. In some circumstances changes to timetables are unavoidable. Please check your timetable closer to the start of teaching for the most up to date version.

MSc Biosciences Specialisation Genomics
MSc Biosciences Specialisation Terrestrial Ecology and Nature Management

Course description and syllabus
Further below this page you will find an accordion menu called "Study Model". This menu contains an overview of all courses that form part of the study programme. By clicking on an individual course you will be provided with a course description, syllabus and other important course information. 

Find your way around campus
Find your way around by using Mazemap

New student at Nord
Our page New at Nord contains useful information concerning the mandatory orientation meeting organised by the International Office and other practical advise to ensure a great experience at Nord right from the start. Academic Calendar Here you can access the academic calendar for 2019/20.

Any further questions?
For any other questions please contact the study advisor of the MSc Biosciences programme, Mats Pedersen.

Orientation Week Schedule

Orientation Week events specifically organised for MSc Biosciences students in Bodø are held 19 - 23 August. 

Week 
​Date
​Time/place
​Activity
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​Monday 19 August

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​10:00 - 11:30

Room S142
​Opening of the Master's programme

  • Welcome by Dean Ketil Eiane
  • Introduction by Vice Dean for Education Marit Bjørnevik
  • Information from the student association NUGLA
  • Presentation of new MSc students
​11:30 - 12:15

Main canteen
​Lunch 
​12:30 - 14:15

Room S142
​Information on the MSc programmes and research groups

  • Practical information /administrative issues by student adviser Mats Pedersen
  • Information about the MSc programme and the research groups at the faculty
​14:30 - 15:15

Meet at the main entrance
​Guided tour of genomics labs and campus dry labs
​Tuesday 20 August
​08:15 - 14:00

Auditorium A13
​BI300F Scientific Communication and Research Methods
​14:15 - 16:00

Room 2443
​Elective course BIO5001 Fish Physiology (only for the students who has selected it)
​Wednesday 21 August
​08:15 - 16:00

Auditorium A13
BI300F Scientific Communication and Research Methods
​Thursday 22 August
​08:15 - 16:00 (GROUP 1)

Room 1471
​Mandatory lab and safety course
​12:00 - 16:00
(GROUP 2)

Meet at main entrance
​Tour at FBA's research station in Mørkvedbukta
​Friday 23 August
​(08:15 - 10:00)

Elective course BIO5001 Fish Physiology (only for the students who has selected it)
​15:15 - 16:00

Auditorium A13
BI300F Scientific Communication and Research Methods
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​Monday 26 - Thursday 29 August
​Check timetable 
BI300F Scientific Communication and Research Methods

  • Statistical part
​Friday 30 August
​ ​
​(08:15 - 10:00)
Elective course BIO5001 Fish Physiology (only for the students who has selected it)
​10:15 - 16:00
(GROUP 2)

Room 1471
Mandatory lab and safety course
​10:30 - 15:00
(GROUP 1)

Meet at main entrance
Tour at FBA's research station in Mørkvedbukta

You are welcome to attend orientation week held in weeks 32/33 which is organised for all new students at Nord University and the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture in particular. For the detailed Orientation Week schedule please click here.

Services for new students


Studentinord
Do you need housing? Kindergarten? Affordable and healthy food on campus?

Get to kn​ow the services of Studentinord​, the welfare organisation for students at Nord University. Their job is to make your life as a new student easier.

Welcome committee
The welcome committee is run by senior students, who will ensure that you get the best possible start as a new student in Bodø. They can pick you up from the airport, help you find accomodation and arrange guided tourse in and around Bodø. Please follow their link here for more information about their services.

Buddy programme
Buddies are senior students who are helping new students get to know the university, study programmes and student community. In short, they help you prepare for having a successful start as a student at Nord University. Check out the 
buddy programme for more information.

Student life
Want to learn more about life as a student at Nord University? Find out more here.

About campus Bodø
Find out more about campus Bodø.

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New students 2020

IMPORTANT information for students commencing autumn 2020


Due to the current situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19), the study start for the Master in Biosciences may be affected autumn 2020. Updated information about  dates and teaching activities will be published here as it becomes available.

As a new international student, you are expected to arrive in Bodø, Norway for semesterstart August 31. 2020. Late arrival may lead to cancellation of the offer of admission. Please contact the academic advisor if you have any questions in this regard.

Refer to your Offer of Admission for more information, and stay up to date on our website: Information for international degree-seeking students regarding Coronavirus measures and conditions.



​​​Natural resources are of great value to humankind and must be maintained for future generations. Master's students will gain knowledge on the living organism in the marine and terrestrial environment. The importance of sustainability in a wide context. The study programme aims to give the students advanced knowledge in biosciences within specializations available in the four fields: aquaculture, genomic, marine or terrestrial ecology. A Master of Biosciences gives you a competitive edge in the job market, and we give you the flexibility to choose from a range of profiles, depending on your career goals.

Programme description

​​​Natural resources are of great value to humankind and must be maintained for future generations. Master's students will gain knowledge on the living organism in the marine and terrestrial environment. The importance of sustainability in a wide context. The study programme aims to give the students advanced knowledge in biosciences within specializations available in the four fields: aquaculture, genomic, marine or terrestrial ecology. A Master of Biosciences gives you a competitive edge in the job market, and we give you the flexibility to choose from a range of profiles, depending on your career goals.

Study model

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Admission requirements

  • Higher education entrance qualification
  • Documented proficiency in English language
  • Bachelor's degree within a biological field with an average grade of C or better. Students need a minimum of 60 ECTS in biosciences courses and must have basic knowledge of mathematics, statistics and chemistry at university level.

How to apply

Job 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 commercial aquaculture, feed production and vaccincation, and work in all levels of the public sector, from munipal authorities to national government and agencies.

Further education

Graduates qualify to apply for admission to PhD programmes at Norwegian and foreign universities. If students take additional teaching training programme, they will also be qualified to teach in secondary school.

Study abroad

Ever thought of spending part of your degree in another part of the world? Our cooperations with universities in Europe and other parts of the world can offer you exciting opportunities to study one or two semesters abroad.

A study abroad complements your degree studies well. We are flexibel and will do our best to help you with your stay abroad. The world is yours to explore.

Below you will find an overview of our partner universities which offer subjects within Biosciences at master's level:

AUSTRALIA
James Cook University
Charles Darwin University

INDIA
Department of Aquaculture, Karntaka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, College of Fisheries, Mangalore

JAPAN
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

CANADA
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Lakehead University
University of Saskatchewan

USA
Humboldt State University
University of New England

EUROPE
Netherlands:
University of Groningen
University of Wageningen

Russia:
St. Petersburg University
Murmansk State Technical University (MSTU)
Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU)

Germany:
University of Bremen
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

Spain:
University of Barcelona
University of Alicante

Denmark:
Roskilde University

Sweden:
Gothenburg University

Iceland:
University of Akureyri
Holar University College

Portugal:
University of Algarve

France:
Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, IUT St.-Étienne
Université de Bourgogne, IUT Dijon
Université Francois-Rabelais, TOURS

Hungary:
Szent Istvan University

Italy:
University of Sapienza

Specializations



Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Non-EU/EEA: December 1​​ 2019, EU/EEA: April 1 2020, Norwegian citizens/residents: April 15 2020
ECTS Credits 120
Study level Master
Scope Full time
Teaching language English
Police certificate of conduct No
Campus Bodø and Steinkjer

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Non-EU/EEA: December 1​​ 2019, EU/EEA: April 1 2020, Norwegian citizens/residents: April 15 2020

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