Reasons to choose

  • Emphasis on gaining practical skills alongside theoretical knowledge
  • Constantly updated courses to reflect latest research
  • Programme designed to be tailored to individual students career goals

Programme structure

Two years of full time study, 120 ECTS credits, awarding an MSc in Biodiversity and Systematics.

The programme is a collaboration between seven nordic universities and courses are taught as a combination of distance studies and intensive field and lab sessions at different field stations and participating universities. The distance element allows you alot of flexibility in when and where you conduct your studies. The up to week long field and lab sessions give you hands on experience of methods and deeper insight to biodiversity and systematics research across Sweden and the Nordic countries.

The programme consists of 17 available courses within four main categories: Biodiversity-identification, Biodiversity-classification, Systematic theory and Tools & skills. You will receive a broad training in both practical and theoretical subjects and there is plenty of space available in the programme to choose from a selection of elective courses depending on your interests and career goals. The requirement is that you include at least one course from each of the categories.

First year

Autumn Spring
Alpha taxonomical principles (Gothenburg) Elective courses
Fundamental and molecular systematics (Uppsala)
Elective course


Second year

Autumn Spring

Optional courses or degree project

Degree project


Master’s degree projects are carried out within ongoing research projects at your host university.

Recent degree projects

  • Systematic review of the Puntius chola and Puntius sophore complexes (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) in Bangladesh and Myanmar

  • Phylogeny and diversity of the Madagascan Uvarus. A glimpse into the diving beetle tribe Bidessini (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)

  • Tracing the ancestral distribution of Chimarra (Trichoptera: Philopotamidae) with descriptions of 7 new species from Malawi

Career prospects

The Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Systematics opens career paths for students wishing to pursue careers in academic research or as museum curators. Similarly, the programme is well suited to non-academic careers in Nature conservation, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.


The Biodiversity and Systematics programme requires a solid background in Biology, specifically we expect the equivalent to a Bachelor in Biology including at least one year's full time studies in Biology.

We look forward to your application!