Biodiversity and Systematics, Nordic Master's Programme
Seven Nordic universities collaboratively offer the Nordic master’s programme in Biodiversity and Systematics. The programme provides a broad overview of living organisms and the relationship between them. You will become familiar with nomenclatural rules, develop identification skills for inventory of species and natural habitats, be able to produce and assess molecular systematic information, and develop an understanding of the role of biodiversity in a global perspective, including the ethical and economical aspects of conservation.
Biodiversity and Systematics concerns the multitude of organisms living on our planet and the evolutionary relationships among them. Far from all existing organisms have been discovered and described, and among those that science knows of, classification is still ambiguous. In this programme, you will be trained to gain the systematic and taxonomic expertise needed to take action against global loss of biodiversity.
One programme—seven universities
The programme is distributed across seven Scandinavian universities and provides an intellectually challenging learning environment combining theoretical studies with practical elements. You are admitted to the university where you will undertake your thesis project, but you also participate in courses hosted by the other universities and sometimes at their field-stations. The programme emphasizes four components:
- scientific knowledge
- practical skills
- independent academic thinking and ability to convey knowledge
- ethics and sustainability in a global perspective
A wide range of courses and fieldwork
Since the programme is conducted between seven universities, most of the courses are web-based. These are complemented by intensive field or lab sessions where you and your fellow students meet your teachers for a short period of time. Your home university provides access to course material, for instance for practical experimental work and your thesis project. You will have the opportunity to follow your own interests and goals by choosing from our elective portfolio, which offers a wide range of subjects. Courses are continually updated to reflect developments in all areas of biodiversity and systematics research.
Programme structure and content
The programme offers a wide range of courses that are divided into four categories:
- biodiversity — identification
- biodiversity — classification
- systematic theory
- tools and skills
You should have at least one course from each category in addition to your thesis project. See further information here.
The length of your thesis is optional and amounts to 30, 45 or 60 higher education credits. It may extend over several semesters and be interspersed with courses giving practical or theoretical training.
You will be admitted to the university where you plan to carry out your thesis work. At the time of admittance, you will establish an individual curriculum, together with a programme coordinator, designating the courses to be included in your degree. Each course in the programme is offered by only one of the cooperating universities, and you apply for admission to courses at the particular universities hosting them.