Admission is once a year and studies start in the autumn semester.

Application deadlines

  • 1 March: EU/EEA/Swiss citizens.
  • 15 April: Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway.

International applicants:

Available places



This programme is based on coursework that takes place in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. We would like to bring to your attention that students participating in this programme must cover all expenses related to travel and accommodation, as well as any costs stipulated by the individual universities. In addition, applicants with citizenship from outside of the EU/EEA are required to pay tuition fees to Swedish and Danish universities. For more information about tuition costs for Swedish and Danish universities, please see the following webpages: Sweden: Denmark:

Admission requirements

Admission to master's degree studies requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.
  • a specialization defined by the programme
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:
    a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed examination in English from second and/or third school year in Norwegian upper secondary school, or
    b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

Required specialization

For the programme Biodiversity and systematics:

Bachelor of science in Biology (180 ects) . The degree must include at least 80 credits in Biology. The following fields must be covered: Zoology, Botany, Ecology.

In addition, applicants must have basic knowledge in statistics and mathematics.


You have to upload all required documents in UiO's online application portal.

If you have completed studies/courses outside the University of Oslo, you must also upload course descriptions. The course names and codes on the course descriptions must match the transcript of records.

Export control

This programme is covered by the regulations on export control. Export controls are applied to countries where there is suspicion about development and use of weapons of mass destruction. UiO will therefore conduct a specific evaluation of these applicants.

Ranking of applicants

Applicants are ranked according to their grade average in the specialization of their degree. Applicants who cannot be ranked according to their grade average, will be ranked on the basis of an individual assessment.

You normally cannot be admitted to a master's degree programme or study option within the same subject area as a previously completed master's degree at the University of Oslo.

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