Joint master in Alpine Ecology

Joint master in Alpine Ecology

The programme focuses on how abiotic and biotic factors and climatic changes affect the distribution and dynamics of species and populations in alpine environments.

Study level
Closing dates
EU/EEA: 1st of March
Others: 1st of December
Start up
Not defined

This programme has been cancelled for Autumn 2018.

Why Alpine Ecology?

The study programme will provide students with a better and broader understanding of present and future challenges and threats that alpine environments are facing. Through lectures and fieldwork/laboratory exercises students will acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to initiate sustainable management and conservation strategies in alpine areas, and to do so in accordance with ethical and scientific guidelines. The ecology and management practices of alpine ecosystems in Norway (boreal) and Slovakia (temperate) will be highlighted.

Semester exchange to USN

Within this programme there are several exchange opportunities for students from partner universities. Please contact our program administrator for details and course lists. Application deadline is May 1st for autumn semester and November 1st for spring semester for exchange.

Where can I work?

Graduates qualify for positions in the field of natural resource management and research, depending on which topics are emphasized in their studies, particularly the MSc thesis. 

Working with the local business community

Students are encouraged to write their master thesis in cooperation with, or on behalf of, external actors in or outside the region.

What you will learn

The study program consists of various courses comprising in total 60 ECTS and a Master’s thesis (60 ECTS). Teaching is largely based on one-week modules, and laboratory and field-oriented teaching. It provides a flexible study program, and places high demands on student’s ability to work independently.

Combining theory and practice is central throughout the program. This will provide students with necessary theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience required for employment or further studies. The Master thesis is based on independent study under the supervision of Professors.

Gain international experience

Alpine Ecology is an international joint master's degree. The first semester is in Bø, Norway, and the second in Javorina, Slovakia. To study abroad can give you the opportunity to expand your international skills and adaptability. It can make you more attractive in the labour market. 

Further study opportunities

Students who graduate from this program can move on to PhD programs in environmental science, ecology and similar fields of research.

Admission requirements

This master's programme is especially designed for students with an educational background from disciplines related to environmental sciences. A Bachelor's degree*, which includes 80 credits within the relevant science / environmental sciences, is required. Minimum grade requirement is C. Maximum 20 students will be admitted each year. The Institute of High Mountain Biology in Slovakia has the capacity to supervise 10 students and the Department of Environmental and Health Science in Norway has the capacity to supervise 10 students. During the application process, the applicants must choose at which institution they want to study the master thesis.

English requirements.

Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply,

Study facts

Full time – Bø


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