Reasons to choose

  • Teaching by internationally renowned researchers
  • Field stations Askö and Tjärnö provide excellent research facilities for practical courses and degree projects
  • Freedom to create your own programme from the broad range of available courses

Programme structure

Two years of full time study, 120 ECTS credits, awarding an MSc in Marine Biology.

The Master’s programme in Marine Biology has three alternative approaches: Marine ecology, ecotoxicology and tropical marine environments. Broad training within a range of subjects including ecosystem dynamics and marine conservation ecology, spanning systems from the Baltic to the tropics. There is space within the programme for you to choose from a selection of additional elective or optional courses so you can create a programme adapted to your chosen career path.

First year

Autumn Spring
Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Elective or optional courses
Biological statistics II  
Applied Marine Conservation Ecology  


Second year

Autumn Spring

Optional courses or degree project

Degree project


Master’s degree projects are carried out within ongoing research projects at the 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

  • Ontogenetic influences on endothermy in the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

  • Opposing latitudinal patterns on coral reef browsing rates and related fish assemblages in two subtropical bays with low functional redundancy

  • Investigating epifauna community assembly in shallow bays using traits

Career prospects

The Master’s degree in Marine Biology opens career possibilities both in academic research or a future career working with aquatic environmental questions within for example, an environmental agency, county administrative and local district administrative authorities or consulting firms.


The Marine Biology programme requires a solid background in Biology, and a basic understanding in Ecology as well as species knowledge. Specifically we expect the equivalent of a Bachelor in Biology in Biology, including half a semester in total of Ecology, Floristics and Faunistics.

We look forward to your application!