Admission is twice a year. Application process and deadlines vary for different groups of applicants.
When to apply
For studies starting in August:
- EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: from 1 February until 1 March
- Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: from 1 February until 15 April
- Non-EU/EEA applicants: from 1 October until 1 December
For studies starting in January:
- EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: from 1 September until 15 October
- Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: from 15 September until 15 October
- Non-EU/EEA applicants: No admission
How to apply
- EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: Application procedure
- Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: Application procedure
- Non-EU/EEA applicants: Application procedure
Admission to this master's degree programme / study option requires:
- country list. and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the
- a specialization defined by the programme/study option
- a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
- Norwegian and English language requirement OR special enhanced requirement in English specified 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.
The required specialization consists of 120 ECTS credits where the following, or equivalent, courses are included:
- BIOS1110 Cell and Molecular biology
- BIOS1120 Physiology
- BIOS1140 Evolution and Genetics
- BIOS1150 Biodiversity
- BIOS2100 General Ecology
- 30 ECTS credits with courses in bioscience at 2000-and 3000-level
A minimum grade average of C (Norwegian grading scale), or equivalent, is required for 80 ECTS credits of the courses above.
In addition, the following must be included in the required specialization:
- 40 ECTS credits within mathematics, programming, statistics, physics or chemistry.
If you fulfilled all admission requirements for the Master's Programme in Biology, programme option Marine biology and limnology, according to the requirements as they were in autumn 2017, you will qualify for this programme option until the end of 2021.
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.
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 of 80 ECTS credits in the required specialization. A list of the courses forming the grade average can be found under the header “Required specialization”. If an applicant has more than 80 ECTS credits in the required specialization, the 80 ECTS credits with the highest grades will form the grade average.
You normally cannot be admitted to a Master's degree programme or programme option within the same subject area as a previously completed Master's degree at the University of Oslo.