Master of science (2 year) Current students only (no new admissions)



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Are you interested in solving environmental challenges due to the nuclear industry and waste management? There is an urgent need for university-trained candidates within nuclear sciences, including radioecology.


Bachelor’s degree (BSc) or equivalent at least 180 ECTS

Application deadline:

April 15th
International applicants:
December 1st

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You will gain knowledge about radioecology; behaviour of radionuclides in the environment, as well as impact and risk assessment based on radiochemistry and radiation protection, the nuclear industry and waste management, project management and research methods. Skills in these areas are required not only to deal with currently installed nuclear capacity and decommissioned facilities, but also to meet the needs presented by likely new build nuclear installations.

The first year provides basic course modules as well as the initiating of the research project. The second year is dedicated to experiments, data, collection and analysis, i.e. finalizing the master thesis. The course modules will be held at NMBU with support from collaborating European universities.

Job opportunities

You will qualify for a wide range of positions related to authorities responsible for the national legislation and the nuclear energy industry e.g., within governments, services, development projects, technical support and consultancy, environmental protection as well as within institutions responsible for research and education.

Learning outcomes

Radioecology is a key research area ranging from nuclear sources to impact and risk assessments and radiation protection. Your learning will be based on lectures, laboratory work, group work, real-life case studies and thematic thesis with interdisciplinary approach, and through reflection on links between real-life situations and theory.

Mandatory courses: 

  • Experimental radioecology
  • Methods in natural sciences
  • Radiochemistry

Suggested elective courses: 

  • Advanced Hydrogeology             
  • Assessing Risk to Man and Environment              
  • Biogeochemistry, Global Change
  • Effect and Biomarker Methods in Toxicology     
  • Environmental Exposures and Human Health    
  • Environmental Pollutants and Ecotoxicology
  • Global and Local Pollution of Soils and Environment      
  • Instrumental Inorganic Analysis
  • Water Pollution I & II

A detailed structure of the programme's course content can be found here. 

Admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree (BSc) or equivalent education in any field relevant to the environment (e.g. chemistry, ecology, biology, resource management, agriculture, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, geography etc.) is required, as well as background in inorganic chemistry. Applicants must have a relevant specialisation of minimum 80 ECTS credits.

Applicants must demonstrate English language ability in accordance with NMBU regulations. Average of C to be qualified.

All the labs and reports have led to a very high level of learning. A great bonus is that the teachers and professors are very accessible and always have time for questions.

Desiree Maiki Ong Auren, Graduate

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Why study Radioecology? 

  • There is an urgent need of university trained candidates within nuclear sciences, including radioecology. 
  • You are interested in solving environmental challenges due to the nuclear industry and waste management.

Study plan

What is Radioecology? (Video)