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An introduction to ecophysiology - plants and animals

Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 14 875 SEK
First payment: 14 875 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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The course provides you with a broad introduction to the research discipline of eco-physiology, which studies how plants and animals are affected by and adapts to the surrounding environment. The aim is to give a good overview and understanding of the chemical and physical variables that restrict and affect various physiological mechanisms. These include, for example, temperature, humidity, salinity, oxygen levels and oxidative stress, and pH. Particular emphasis is placed on environmental factors that are affected by humans on a global scale, such as carbon dioxide concentration and temperature. Also physiological mechanisms that are important on the ecosystem level are treated. The course also aims to give you an introduction to scientific methodology in eco-physiological research, which in turn develops an understanding of how scientific knowledge that supports society's environmental activities has been developed.

The course constitutes together with ES2613 (Global change - problems, analysis, actions) the introduction of the master profile in eco-physiology in the master´s program in biology, but it can also be read as an independent course in biology or environmental science.

Prerequisites and selection


One of the following options: 1) Approved basic courses BIO900, Cell Biology 15 credits (ECTS), BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15hp, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15hp, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution, 15hp, and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed. 2) Approved ES1201, Environmental Sciences: Natural Science, 15 credits, ES1300, Natural Resources Management, 15 hp, ES1305, Pollutants effects and dispersal on Biological Systems, 15 credits, BIO920, and Biodiversity and Systematics, 15 hp, and have read and approved at least one of the following four courses: BIO900, Cell Biology, 15 credits, BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 hp, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 hp and BIO915, Ecology and Evolution 15 credits. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed 3) Approved courses (MAR101-112+NTH001) within the first and second year of the Bachelor program in Marine science. At least 90 of the 120 credits must be passed. In addition to this, for all three alternatives, you need at least one approved advanced level course in biology, 15 credits, in a relevant subject. English 6/B or equivalent is also required.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.


The teaching is mainly conducted at the Zoology house (Medicinaregatan 18 A).

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The course includes both lectures and interactive work in which students and teachers interact in seminars focusing on scientific articles.