Nordic Master´s Programme in Biodiversity and Systematics, 120 credits

About the education

NABiS – The Nordic Masters program in Biodiversity and Systematics aim at providing you with the taxonomic skills needed to work on Biodiversity and its conservation in the future. Taxonomy is the science of species and their evolutionary relationships.

The programme provides an intellectually challenging learning environment with roots in a research group at your university of choice and a wide range of courses, distributed across the Nordic countries. The courses, combining theoretical studies with practical elements, will be taught as a combination of assisted e-learning and intensive field or lab sessions where students and teachers meet for a short period of time at the host university or at a field station. The programme offers a total of 24 courses that can be divided into four categories: Biodiversity – identification, Biodiversity – classification, Systematic theory, and Tools and skills. Master projects will be 30-60 ects long and be performed at your home university. Design your personal study plan by selecting courses of your choice.

Universities participing are: Sweden – Univ of Gothenburg, Univ of Lund, Univ of Stockholm, Univ of Uppsala, Denmark – Univ of Copenhagen, Univ of Århus, Norway – Univ of Oslo, Univ of Tromsö and Norwegian Univ of Science and Technology (Trondheim). For more information see:

NABiS is directed to students who are interested in a career as Nature conservation manager, officer at government agencies (Swedish biodiversity Centre etc.) or non-gevernmental organizations (WWF, etc.) manager of biodiversity infrastructures (GBIF etc.) or want to pursue an academic career as Museum curator or university researcher.

Subject: Biology

Biology means the study of life and living organisms including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, diversity, their interaction with their environment and their presence in time and space.

There are many subdivisions and topics within Biology such as: molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, botany, zoology, ethology, faunistics, floristics and ecology.

An education in biology not only gives you basic knowledge in biology, but also an understanding of relationships between structure and function on various biological levels and it also gives you a grasp of the processes that control the evolution of the organism.

Biology is an experimental subject, meaning it alternates theoretical studies with practical exercises such as laboratory work and field trips. Examples of laboratory work include analyzing DNA molecules, producing bacteria or studying preparations of various tissues under a microscope. Dissections and experiments with living organisms are a part of an education in biology, however, an option without animal experiments within the zoology moments is also available.

You will be able to study animals and plants in their natural habitats as well as participate in practical ecological field work through different field trips and excursions. Stockholm University has access to three field stations located in interesting nature areas: Tovetorp in Södermanland, Askö in Trosa Archipelago and Tjärnö on the west coast of Sweden.

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.

Department responsible for education

Department of Biology Education