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Curriculum 2020/2021

ECOCON Ecology and conservation

Name of study programme

Ecology and conservation

ECTS credits


Academic level and organisation of the study programme

The study is a full time basic study at the bachelor level extending 4 months and consisting of 30 ECTS credits. 


Conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of natural resources are among the most pressing challenges that the world is facing nowadays. Norway has taken up these challenges and is in the front line for developing expertise with focus from a local to a global perspective. The module includes four courses which focus on particular aspects of ecology and conservation biology. Wildlife Research provides a sound base on how to conduct an ecological scientific study from identifying relevant research and management questions, planning and conducting data collection in the field and presenting the results. Wildlife Ecology aims at providing broad knowledge concerning ecological questions related to wildlife in boreal forests together with good insight in important concepts and questions in research and management of wildlife.  The modules Evolution and Boreal Conservation and Management  focus on the understanding of how species evolve and are geographically distributed in the world, on the threats that biodiversity is currently facing and on present and planned conservation and management actions.

Learning outcomes

A candidate with fulfilled qualifications will have the following learning outcomes:


 The candidate

  • has knowledge about ecological theory with special emphasis on conservation, biogeography, evolutionary biology and population dynamics
  • has knowledge about existing conflicts between man and the environment on a global perspective
  • has knowledge about current issues and scientific methods in ecology and wildlife research.


The candidate 

  • has the capacity of planning and carrying out a minor scientific study 
  • has the capacity to plan data collection in the field and apply basic statistical methods
  • has the capacity to analytically and critically interpret scientific results 

General Competence

The candidate

  • has the capacity to reflect on current threats to biodiversity and critically propose and discuss possible solutions 

Target group

We primarily target international students and professionals that have a dedicated interest in wildlife and the interaction between man and the environment. 

Career prospects and further studies



To enter the study it is required that the student can confirm to have fulfilled at least one year at a university or university college within the fields of wildlife biology, biology, ecology, evolution, forestry, agriculture, environmental sciences or likewise, or have achieved the bachelor degree in such sciences. 

Teaching and working methods

All courses provide a combination of lectures, practical exercises and seminars. Students are challenged to present their work in an oral form during the course and to work both individually and in a team. The intensive schedule, with each course lasting ca 8 weeks prior to the exam, gives the opportunity to develop a close contact between teachers and students. Practical exercises in the field are a good opportunity for students to learn to work together and realize the challenges of data collection in the field.




Assessment, examination and grading

The candidate will be evaluated by written assignments, oral presentations and by the final exam in each course. 

Research-based teaching



The program targets international students who can complement the study program in their home country with a deep insight into the Nordic nature and sustainable use of natural resources. National students are encouraged to follow the programs as well by choosing to replace one of the Norwegian-taught courses with the English-taught module in this program. A mixed class of international and national students has the added value of an inter-cultural exchange regarding global issues of conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of natural resources.

Information literacy

The students should develop their skills in searching, evaluating, and referencing information in their scientific work. These are important qualifications for lifelong-learning. Together with the academic environment, the library offers classes on searching for information, evaluating the information you find, as well as correct use of sources. We expect all students to have a critical attitude towards information, and to use the information correctly in all their scientific work. The rules regarding correct use of sources are described in «Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen ved Høgskolen i Innlandet»

Programme structure and content

 We offer four courses to complete the present study program of 30 ECTS in addition to the course in Norwegian language which is optional:

• Evolution (7,5)

• Conservation Biology (7,5)

• Population Ecology (7,5)

• Wildlife research (7,5)

• Norwegian language (5) 



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