Reasons to choose

  • Increasingly seminar based teaching provides many opportunities for interaction and discussions
  • Broad training integrating evolutionary theory with experimental and analytical skills
  • Flexibility to shape your studies to your own interests and career aspirations

Programme structure

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

The Master’s program in Ecology and Biodiversity includes courses covering Evolutionary Ecology, Biodiversity, Experimental Design, and Science in Biological Research and Investigation. There is plenty of space within the programme to allow you to choose from a selection of additional elective and optional courses so you can pursue a programme adapted to your chosen interests and career aims.

First year

Autumn Spring
Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes Elective course(s)
Biological statistics II

Evolutionary Ecology

Optional course(s)

Biological statistics III


Second year

Autumn Spring

Optional courses or degree project

Degree project
Science in Biological Research and Investigation


Degree projects are carried out within ongoing research projects at either the Department of Zoology or Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. It is also possible to conduct the degree project externally, at a research institute, organisation or company.

Recent degree projects

  • Screening for the amphibian Chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in southern Swedish amphibian populations
  • Effectiveness of buffer strips for the protection of vascular flora in riparian areas in Boreal forests of Central Sweden
  • Genetic rescue in an inbred arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) population
  • Habitat suitability as a predictor for occurrence of the saproxylic beetles Osmoderma eremita and Elater ferrugineus

Career prospects

A Master’s degree in Ecology and Biodiversity opens up many career possibilities within academia or the public sector. On completion of this programme you will be eligible to apply for PhD studies. The programme gives a sound background for work concerning conservation and ecology, in for example, forestry and agriculture, fishing and hunting or within administrative authorities working with nature conservation issues.


The Ecology and Biodiversity programme requires a solid background in Biology, and a basic understanding in Ecology and/or Evolution. Specifically we expect the equivalent of a Bachelor in Biology, including half a semester of Ecology or Evolution.

We look forward to your application!