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Master's Programme in Biology

  • 120 credits

This programme is a great opportunity to gain a broad education and develop your own direction. You can choose courses in biology covering subjects from cell and molecular biology through to ecology and behaviour. You can also develop a multidisciplinary education by combining other subjects, including the humanities and social sciences.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - programmes

Welcome to the Department of Biological Education! We are happy to be part of your student experience and contribute to your future success.

In order to get you off to a good start, we have gathered the important things you need to know here. Read through carefully and if you have any questions, please contact us.


Starting in the autumn term, we will make a partial return to campus-based teaching, to the degree possible. Compulsory teaching will to a large extent be given on campus, adapted according to the guidelines of the Public Health Authority. Parts of the teaching will be given online to reduce the spread of infection. Read more about the teaching at BIG in autumn 2020.


As a new programme student you are called to an introduction week and a compulsory roll call, the week before start of term. Note! As a Master's student you should, well in advance of the roll call, check if you have any conditions on your admission. See "Eligible with condition" below.

Note that the roll call is compulsory and if you do not participate you can loose your place on the programme. If you are unable to attend you must contact the student office latest one hour before the roll call starts.

After the roll call you will be registered on the programme and the autumn courses.

Introduction to Master's programmes

Eligible with conditions

If you did not meet all the eligibility requirements for the course when you applied then you are eligible with conditions. It is stated in your acceptance letter from if you are eligible with conditions. In that case, you cannot be registered as the department must first assess your eligibility.

Conditions for master's programmes are almost always that you need to complete your Bachelor's degree. You must meet the condition before the programme starts and a completed Bachelor's education should be documented in University admissions or Ladok (the Swedish student registry). If you will not meet the conditions in time you should decline your place.

Check the requirements under "Eligibility" here on the course page. As soon as you meet the requirements, send a message to with the following information:

  • Subject line: Terms
  • Your name
  • Which programme you are admitted to

If you have questions about your condition, you can contact the study counsellor.

Read about eligibility

Studying with a disability

If you need special pedagogical support, you can apply for support measurs. You should apply as soon as possible after you have been admitted to take advantage of the best possible support.

Read how to apply for support

Once you have your Nais certificate, contact the study counsellor for a meeting where we will go through the support measured. After the meeting, you should contact the course coordinators for the courses you will attend and inform them that you have been granted support, so that they can prepare well.

Declining your place

If you no longer want your place, it is important that you decline your place so that another applicant can get the place. Please note that you can only decline your place at before the roll call. Declining the place after roll call is counted as having dropped the programme.

Declining your place at

Reserve place

If you have been given a reserve place you may be admitted if someone declines their place. Reserve admission mainly takes place in connection with the roll call. If there is cause for reserve admission then you will receive notice one to two weeks before the roll call.

More information about your studies with us

On our website you will find more information about your studies with us.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

Find your way on campus

Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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Reasons to choose our Master in Biology

  • The possibility to create your own unique programme
  • A broad education adaptable to many career paths
  • Highly interactive international research and learning environment
  • Programme overview

    The Master’s program in Biology gives you the possibility to choose between more than 20 different biology courses covering the entire range of biology subjects offered. The flexible nature of the programme allows up to 60 credits of optional courses, which can be courses in other subject areas such as law or economics.

    Year 1

    Elective courses autumn term

    Animal Cognition

    Animal Diversity - Invertebrates

    Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes

    Evolutionary Ecology

    Green Biotechnology

    Marine Ecosystem Dynamics

    Marine microbial ecology: from genomes to biomes

    Mate choice

    Molecular Cell Biology

    Paleoecology, genetics and human prehistory

    Plants in Environmental Treatment

    Systematic Zoology (swe)

    Elective courses spring term

    Animal Diversity - Vertebrates

    Baltic Sea Ecosystem: Applications, Modeling and Management

    Ecological and evolutionary responses to climatic variation

    Infection Biology

    Interactions in Ecological Communities

    Management of Aquatic Resources in the Tropics


    Molecular Ecology

    Molecular Physiology

    Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

    Plant diversity and evolution - a global perspective

    Radiation Biology

    Stem cells in developmental and cancer biology

    Year 2

    Compulsory course

    Degree project 30/45/60 credits

    Elective courses

    Science in Biological Research and Investigation

    See also list year one.

    Independent project

    Degree projects are carried out in ongoing research projects within one of the Biology departments at Stockholm university. It is also possible to conduct the degree project externally, at a research institute, organisation or company.

    Recent degree projects

    • Temporal genomic change in the Scandinavian brown bear
    • Primate brain size correlates with life history and group size
    • POU/Oct transcription factor Nubbin in Drosophila immunity
  • How to apply

    The Master's programme in Biology is only open for application in the first round, with deadline for applications in mid-January.

    The Biology programme requires a Bachelor's degree and a broad background in biology, covering all the main fields: Cell and Molecular Biology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology and Physiology. These should amount to a minimum of one year's full time studies (60 ECTS credits).

    Selection process

    Additional eligibility criteria

    Applicants that meet the eligibility requirements are ranked based on their merit rating. Only students with the highest merit ratings are selected for our programmes. The merit rating is based on the following four selection criteria, with equal weight:

    • relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme
    • grades of academic courses
    • motivation letter
    • research ideas


    Required supporting documentation

    To submit your motivation letter and research ideas you must use our cover letter form.

    Cover letter/Motivation letter

    Recommendation letters and CVs are neither required, nor concidered if included.

  • Career opportunities

    A Master’s degree in Biology gives you a broad education adaptable to many different career paths. Biologists are needed in numerous sectors of society, for example in research at universities, research and development in the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology companies, at government agencies and in education.

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