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Master in Applied Ecology

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Full degree student
  • ECTS 120 ECTS
  • Application period Application deadline: February 1st (applicants outside EU/EEA) or April 15th (applicants from EU/EEA and the Nordic countries)
  • You will be immersed in the sustainable management of natural resources
  • You will become a part of an active study and research environment
  • You will acquire skills that are valuable for a variety of jobs nationally and internationally

About the programme

Applied Ecology is a subfield within ecology, which puts the science of ecology into practical use. This includes the application of ecological concepts to environmental problem solving, policy and management, including the sustainable production, use and management of biological resources (mainly wildlife, fish, forest, cultivated plants, and livestock). ‘Applied’ in the present study program also refers to the ability to carry to completion a limited piece of research. We train students to be able to plan, conduct, analyze, and present results from scientific studies.

The management of our ecosystems in a way that halts the loss of biodiversity and mitigates climate change while maintaining human welfare is a major task regionally, nationally and internationally. In the present program, we focus on the biological processes, the management, and the scientific tools needed to understand ecosystems and how they can be managed in a sustainable manner. We aim at providing the competence needed among the practitioners in education, management and research in these areas.

At   Evenstad you will meet an international environment where both employees and fellow students share your enthusiasm for a common academic field.

The proximity to nature, including a lively campus with many social and outdoor activities, gives you a unique opportunity to combine theory and practice, education and leisure

Teaching is conducted in English.

Admission Office


Phone: + 47 62 43 00 04 (Opening hours: 10:00 - 14:00 CET)

Deadline: Application deadline is February 1st 2021 (applicants outside EU/EEA) or April 15th 2021 (applicants from EU/EEA and the Nordic countries).

Documentation requirements

English requirements

How to apply

Apply through our local admission service using the code 5453. Click the Apply button on this page to proceed.

Admission requirements

Requirements for admission

To enter the programme, students are required to confirm the achievement of either:

  • A Norwegian bachelor degree or an education recognized as being equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor degree with an average weighted (ECTS credits) mark of at least C
  • An education recognized as three years of higher education in Norway
  • Education approved as equivalent to the above-mentioned degrees according to university law § 3-4.

The degree from higher education has to include the equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits of the following subjects:

  • Minimum 4  ECTS-credit equivalents in statistics or similar topics
  • Minimum 76 ECTS-credit equivalents in ecology, forestry, biology, zoology, botany, evolution, wildlife biology, environmental sciences, additional statistics or other relevant topics

In cases where all or parts of the programme were approved with the use of the marks Pass / Fail, the applicants are admitted after individual assessment.

The study may be limited to a certain number of students decided yearly. In this case, the ranking of students will follow the average weighted (ECTS credits) marks from their degree in higher education.


English Language requirements

All non-native English speakers must provide documentation of English language proficiency at a high level.

Alternatively, students can meet the language requirements by meeting the language requirements for English-taught masters programs at INN.


Motivation letter:

Applicants from outside EU/EEA must attach a motivation letter (maximum 300 words). “Explain why you wish to take the masters and specifically how you will use the masters in applied ecology in your current or future career plans.”





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You will learn this

The learning outcome is a result of the master thesis, participation in the educational component and participation in an active research environment.

By completing the master program in Applied Ecology the candidate will obtain the following learning outcomes:


The candidate:

  • is acquainted with advanced topics in applied ecology
  • has an in-depth knowledge of ecological topics at scales from individuals to global systems has a profound understanding of human impacts on organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems and the importance of ecosystems to human wellbeing
  • is able to critically acquire information and be critical of the sources referred to


the candidate:

  • is able to conceive, plan and carry to completion a limited piece of research under the supervision of a professional in the field
  • is able to apply relevant scientific methods of study design, statistical modeling, scientific technologies to solve scientific or management problems


the candidate:

  • is able to design and carry out management and minor research projects in the field of applied ecology
  • is able to communicate applied ecological research through national or international publishing channels, and to policy makers, stakeholders and the general public
  • is able to present and debate important topics in the field of applied ecology in regional and national forums
  • is ready to participate in discussions on current controversial issues in ecology and the application of the science


Courses for Research and Management

Compulsory courses

Studiepoeng År 1 År 2

Only one of 6EV399 (60 points) and MAOK4900 (30 points) is required.

Studiepoeng År 1 År 2

Elective courses

Studiepoeng År 1 År 2

Courses for Forestry

Compulsory courses

Studiepoeng År 1 År 2

Only one of 6EV399 (60 points) and MAOK4900 (30 points) is required.

Studiepoeng År 1 År 2

Elective courses

Studiepoeng År 1 År 2

Stay abroad

The master in applied ecology is taught in English. This to allow for international applicants, and to create an international student environment that will improve the quality of the study, not least through discussions of various ‘schools’ in ecology and human attitudes. We will encourage and make allowances for students who wish to study abroad for part of their degree. Such an international stay is recommended to take place during the second and/or third semester of the study depending on the courses the student may achieve abroad. In addition, we will accept qualified external supervisors of the master thesis from international universities and university colleges. Hence, an international stay may be used to carry out part of the master thesis.

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences has several international agreements of collaboration. Specific to the Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology, there are active student exchange programs with many partners in Nordic and Baltic countries through the network Nordnatur (, in most European countries through Erasmus agreements, and in North-America, Africa (Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa) and Asia (Nepal, India) through bilateral agreements.

What does it cost?

No tuition, but semester fee is required
Overview Innland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Campus Evenstad.

Why study Master's degree in Applied Ecology?

The Master in Applied Ecology aims to provide the opportunity for students to:

- Learn to conceive, plan and carry to completion a substantial piece of original research under the supervision of a professional

- Become familiar with contemporary knowledge and thinking in the field of applied ecology

- Learn to communicate and participate in discussions on current controversial issues in ecology and the application of the science

What kind of expertise will I gain?

- Ecological topics at scales from individuals to global systems

- Human impacts due to harvesting, introduction of alien species, habitat destruction and fragmentation, population control, pollution and climatic changes

- The application of ecological methodology such as study design, statistical modelling, ecological technologies and analysis of wildlife and habitat monitoring

Lisa Dickel hovedbilde

Lisa Dickel came to Evenstad as a practical experiential learning student. Now she is getting her master’s degree.