Master's Programme in Marine Biology, 120 credits

About the education

The oceans comprise over 70% of the surface of the Earth. They contain a richness of environments from the arctic ice wastes, the archipelagos of the Baltic and the tidal plains along the coasts of Europe, to coral reefs and abysses, far deeper than Mount Everest is high. The oceans include inexpressible ocean expanses where most of the production of the oceans takes place, but which are nevertheless called "ocean deserts". These many-faceted environments contain a rich plant and animal life that has adapted itself in different ways to the shifting conditions – there is an enormous diversity here. Oceans not only offer us rich and fascinating environments, they also offer us riches. Exploitation of the oceans takes many forms: healthy food is caught and farmed there, coastal areas are used for recreation, huge quantities of goods are transported across the oceans, and they are important receivers of waste. The resources are often used so intensively that the effects are frightening: eutrophication, over-fishing, toxic effects, and the loss of habitats.

Knowledge of oceanic processes that, and of how we influence them, are two preconditions for a broad understanding of the environment of the Earth. The program consists of elective courses compulsory a degree project for 30-60 hp (1-2 terms). This work can be carried out at Stockholm University, at the university field stations on the Baltic (Askö) or west coast (Tjärnö), in collaboration with an authority, or connected to a project in the tropics. The programme is a suitable preparation for research education or for future work with issues of the aquatic environment at, for example, environmental authorities, county administrative boards, municipalities, industry, etc.

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