Why Alpine Ecology?
The study 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.
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 labor 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.
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 Natural Sciences and Environmental Health 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.