Programme structure


The programme's duration is four semesters. This entails courses (60 ECTS credits) and the Master’s thesis (60 ECTS credits).

For each programme option, there are a obligatory courses and optional courses. See specific information for each programme option.


4. semester Master's thesis
3. semester Master's thesis Master's course Master's course
2. semester Master's thesis Master's course Master's course
1. semester Master's thesis + HSE courses Master's course Master's course
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)

At the beginning of the first semester, you also have to attend four mandatory e-learning courses in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and a practical course in firesafety as  follows:

You are exempted from these HSE course requirements, if you have already completed the equivalent HSE courses in relation to a bachelor programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UiO.

Recognition of Master courses from former education

If you are admitted to the Masters Programme and you have completed Master courses outside the University of Oslo, you may apply to have these courses recognised as part of your degree. Please contact the Department of Biosciences for more information.

Diploma and degree

This programme leads to the following degree: Master of Science in Biology

Published June 6, 2012 10:00 AM - Last modified Nov. 19, 2021 1:10 PM