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Master's Programme in Ecology and Biodiversity

This programme will give you essential knowledge to understand nature’s complex connections and the relationships between species, their environment and climate. Evolutionary ecology and experimental design are important aspects of a programme where you will have opportunities to study empirical ecology in both the field and laboratory.

Reasons to choose a Master in Ecology and Biodiversity

  • 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 overview

    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.

    You are required to choose 7.5 credits of courses from the list of elective courses (updated each year). You can also include at least 15 credits of optional courses, these can be in other subjects.

    Year 1

    Compulsory courses

    Biodiversity: Patterns and Processes

    Statistics for biologists II

    Evolutionary Ecology

    Science in Biological Research and Investigation

    Elective courses

    Animal Diversity - Vertebrates

    Ecological and evolutionary responses to climatic variation

    Interactions in Ecological Communities

    Management of Aquatic Resources in the Tropics

    Molecular Ecology


    Plant diversity and evolution - a global perspective

    Year 2

    Compulsory courses

    Degree project in Ecology and Biodiversity
    (instructions apply for all degree projects at the department)

    Elective courses

    Animal Diversity - Invertebrates

    Marine Ecosystem Dynamics

    Marine microbial ecology: from genomes to biomes

    Animal Social and Sexual Behaviour

    Independent project

    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


  • How to apply

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

    The Ecology and Biodiversity programme requires a solid background in Biology, and a deaper understanding in Ecology and/or Evolution. Specifically we expect the equivalent of a Bachelor in Biology, including Ecology or Evolution with at least some continuation/in-depth courses building on previous studies in the subject.

    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. Note! Must be submitd by the supporting documentation deadline.

    Cover letter/Motivation letter
    The form is only available during the application period, up to the supporting documentation deadline.

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

  • Career opportunities

    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.

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor at master's level