官网 挪威生命科学大学

What can you use this qualification for?

You will be qualified for tasks related to environmental monitoring, biological conservation, research and education. Candidates work for a variety of employers, ranging from public government, NGOs, research institutions and the university sector. The programme has a strong research emphasis, and can be the basis for further Ph.D. studies.
What will you learn?

The first year you will tailor your personal study profile by selecting your favourite courses. It will require interactive participation by the students through presentations, short thematic reviews, term papers and discussion sections.

An individual research project, i.e. the master’s thesis, is the main focus the second year. Students specializing in Tropical ecology and management of natural resources will collect field data in Africa, Asia, South America or Latin America.

Short description

The specialization in General ecology will give you a thorough understanding of central elements of ecology. You will be able to understand and recognize the complexity of ecosystems. You will have an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes

that have formed biological diversity, and have an up-to-date knowledge about global change and its impact on organisms and ecosystems. You can choose from a wide range of courses. The specialization in Tropical ecology and management of natural resources will give you solid knowledge about the biology and ecology of the tropics. It addresses current challenges in tropical ecology like habitat destruction and biodiversity decline. Here the interrelationships between poverty, land-use and nature conservation are central. You will learn about some of the most spectacular areas on earth, and will collect field data in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

A candidate who has completed the education is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in competence, knowledge and skills:

GENERAL ECOLOGY:

Competence:

  • Has developed good skills in the communication of scientific information to scientists, to natural resource management authorities and to the general public.
  • Is able to use his/her knowledge and skills on new scientific areas to carry through advanced tasks and independent research projects.

Knowledge:

  • Has a thorough knowledge of ecological theories and factors that regulate the structure and diversity of ecosystems.
  • Has a comprehensive understanding and in-depth knowledge of at least one scientific area related to general ecology.
  • Has in-depth knowledge of nature’s complexity, and the adaptability of life.
  • Has up-to-date knowledge on global environmental change and how it affects organisms and ecosystems.

Skills:

  • Can plan and conduct advanced scientific field work in an independent way, as well as evaluate, analyze and synthesize the data afterwards.
  • Can apply new information to analyze ecological problems.
  • Can use ecological principles and knowledge in an applied perspective; such as in nature conservation and the management of natural resources.

TROPICAL ECOLOGY AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT:

Competence:

  • Has developed good skills in the communication of scientific information to scientists, to natural resource management authorities and to the general public.
  • Is able to use his/her knowledge and skills on new scientific areas to carry through advanced tasks and independent research projects.

Knowledge:

  • Has an in-depth knowledge of tropical ecosystems, ecological processes and the interactions between humans and ecosystems.
  • Has an understanding of the ecological challenges that tropical areas are facing today.
  • Has knowledge of the significance of biodiversity for ecosystems and underlying causes for the loss of biological diversity.
  • Has a deep and comprehensive understanding and in-depth knowledge of tropical ecology and natural resource management as a field of study, in addition to its accompanying research areas.

Skills:

  • Can plan and conduct advanced scientific field work in an independent way, as well as evaluate, analyze and synthesize the data afterwards.
  • Can evaluate results from scientific research and utilize these in practical management.
  • Can use biological principles in the restoration of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Is able to develop operative management plans which balance human need for natural resources and the carrying capacity of nature.

    The following courses are compulsory for all students: Conservation Biology and Methods in Natural Sciences. For students with weak statistical background a course in statistics is recommended. In addition for students that follow the study direction General Ecology: Global Change Ecology, Genetic Basis of Biodiversity or Molecular Ecology and Evolution, and at least one of the following 300-level courses: Photobiology, Ecological Entomology, Behavioural and Population Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Ecology and Management of Rivers and Lakes, Environmental pollutants and Ecotoxicology or Restoration Ecology. In addition for students that follow the study direction Tropical Ecology and Management of Natural Resources: Tropical rainforest ecology and conservation, Ecology and Management of Natural Resources in the Tropics, Restoration Ecology and Human Wildlife Interactions.

    The applicants must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, in natural sciences, with solid knowledge of ecology and ecological processes. Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with NMBU’s regulations for programmes taught in English. Please note that students with a former master degree from Norway will not be prioritized. Applicants must have obtained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in their degree.

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