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Aquatic biology and Fisheries

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Biology

MS degree

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The University of Iceland (UI) and the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI) collaborate to offer a multidisciplinary two-year Master of Science (MS) program on aquatic biology and fisheries, emphasizing freshwater and marine ecology and fisheries in sub-Arctic environments. The program will be offered in 2021 as a specialisation within MS in Biology. 

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The University of Iceland (UI) and the Marine Research Institute (MRI) collaborate to offer a multidisciplinary two-year Master of Science (MS) program on aquatic biology and fisheries, emphasizing freshwater and marine ecology and fisheries in sub-Arctic environments. The program combines classroom instruction and hands-on data analysis, field studies and thesis research. The teachers and supervisors are experts at MRI and University of Iceland, in conjunction with other Icelandic faculty and scientists.    Students completing the program can expect to graduate with the conceptual and practical skills necessary to tackle problems in aquatic science and fisheries.

The program is composed of a mix of obligatory and elective courses (60 ECTS) and thesis research (60 ECTS). The program course content and potential thesis projects take advantage of the academic strengths and practical experience of specialists in fisheries biology and stock assessment, ecological modelling and statistics, limnology, marine ecology, oceanography, population genetics, environmental biology, marine mammals and aquatic birdlife. 

Core curriculum

Application

The program will be offered in 2021 as a specialization within the MS degree in Biology. 
Therefore students who would like to apply for this program should apply for a MS degree in Biology and indicate in the statement of purpose that they are applying for the program Aquatic biology and Fisheries. 

Further information on application are here: https://english.hi.is/applications_for_study

For information on the curriculum and applications contact the School graduate representatives (sensgraduate@hi.is), Arnar Palsson (apalsson@hi.is ) or Theodór Kristjánsson (theodor.kristjansson@hafogvatn.is). 

Next application deadline: February 1st 2021.

Admission requirements

Graduate studies

  1. BS degree in biology or equivalent with minimum average grade of 6.5. In addition to the BS degree there may be some preliminary course requirements before starting the actual MS programme. 
  2. a) Acceptance  for MS in Biology is dependent on the availability of a supervisor within the faculty.
    b) Note, applicants accepted to the MS program in Biology with specialization in aquatic biology and fisheries, are responsible for finding a supervisor before the end of first semester of study.
  3. All international applicants, whose native language is not English, are required to provide results of the TOEFL (79) or IELTS (6.5) tests as evidence of English proficiency.
  4. Applicants are asked to submit a letter of motivation, 1 pages, where they should state the reasons they want to pursue graduate work, their academic goals and a suggestion or outline for a final paper.
  5. Letters of recommendation (2) should be submitted. These should be from faculty members or others who are familiar with your academic work and qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. Please ask your referees to send their letters of recommendation directly to the University of Iceland electronically by e-mail (PDF file as attachment) to admission@hi.is  

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