Master, 2 år
Studieform: Undervisning ved lærestedet
Studietempo: Heltid

Informasjon oppdatert

14. mars 2022.

Om studiet

The programme is unique as it combines ecological theory and scientific methods with matters of administrative law.

The programme focuses on the sustainable use of resources through the proper implementation of various measures. We examine the effects of human intervention in nature and the measures we can take to reduce any negative influence. We put an emphasis on ecological and scientific methods through the use of new technology and statistical methods.

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, and a lively campus in which all activities revolve around forest and natural resource management, give you a unique opportunity to combine theory and practice, education and leisure.

Teaching is conducted in English.

Studiets oppbygging

The master in applied ecology is a full time study over 2 years, consisting of 120 ECTS credits according to § 3 in ‘The regulation of requirement to a master degree appointed by the Ministry of Education and Research July 2nd, 2002 (”Forskrift om krav til mastergrad” fastsatt av Utdannings- og Forskningsdepartementet den 2. juli 2002). Half of the study (60 credits) consists of a master thesis in applied ecology. The course load consists of 45 ECTS credits of compulsory and 15 ECTS credits of optional courses.


Lectures followed by practical exercises both in the field and in the computer-lab. There will also be extensive use of seminars by student presentations and discussions as well as presentations by invited external Professionals.


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

Applicants must document their proficiency in English at a certain level.

The English language requirements applies to all except applicants native to UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or the nordic countries, who do not require to document any language proficiency.

You will find the list of accepted courses and minimum scores accepted here.


Application deadline is February 1st. 2020.

Documents must be uploaded before February 15th. 2020. You must fulfill all the admission requirements before February 15th 2020 to be considered for admission.

Documentation requirements

English requirements


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...


  • 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


  • is able to conceive, plan and carry to completion a delimited piece of research under the supervision of a professional in the field
  • is able to apply ecological methodology such as study design, statistical modeling, ecological technologies and analysis of wildlife and habitat monitoring


  • is able to design and carry out monitoring, 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


The master degree in applied ecology qualifies the student to:

• Work as a research assistant, for instance with environmental impact assessment or wildlife- and habitat monitoring
• Work in decision making in private and public wildlife management at all levels from licensees, local authorities and ministries.
• Work at educational institutions. Additional pedagogic background may be needed dependent on institutional requirements
• Enter a PhD-program in biology or likewise for a further career in Research


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.

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


Master in Applied Ecology

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