Masters programme


The Nordic Academy of Biodiversity and Systematics Studies is a committee organising the Nordic Masters program in Biodiversity and Systematics. It consists of teachers from each of the participating universities plus a number of master students from the program.

The main role of NABiS is to ensure a high quality education and serve as the link between course activities and administrative structures at the university and faculty.

The Nordic Masters in Biodiversity and Systematics curriculum emphasizes
four key components:

  • Scientific knowledge
  • Practical skills
  • Independent academic thinking and ability to convey knowledge
  • Ethics and sustainability in a global perspective

Upon completion of the programme students will have a broad overview of living organisms and the relationship between them, have specific identification skills in one of more organism groups allowing for inventory of species and natural habitats, be familiar with nomenclatural rules, be able to describe evolutionary mechanisms leading to speciation and account for the species concepts, in practice be able to produce and assess molecular systematic information, understand the role of biodiversity in a global perspective and the ethical and economical aspects of conservation, and have practice in conveying scientific information to academic groups as well as to the public.

Applications such as biodiversity monitoring, nature conservation management and environmental law are avilable as complementary courses.

Upon completion, receiving a minimum grade of Pass of all the courses and the degree project, students will receive a Master of Science in Biology.

PhD students

There are two main ways to pursue a PhD in the Systematics division: 1) successfully obtaining your own funding after developing a research idea with one of our researchers or 2) securing an advertised PhD position when available. In either case, if you are interested in pursuing a PhD in the Systematics division, the first step is to get in touch with a specific scientist who shares your research interests. The earlier you get in touch, the better.


Division Leader: Ulf Jondelius

Subject Representative: Ulf Jondelius

Visiting address:
Frescativägen 40
114 18 Stockholm

Postal address:
Swedish Museum of Natural History
P. O. Box 50007
SE-104 05 Stockholm, Sweden