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Biology, Master's Programme

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-1A12B
Tuition
Full education cost: 242 000 SEK
First payment: 60 500 SEK

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

More information about tuition fees

Application opens 15 March 2021

Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-6A12B
Tuition
Full education cost: 242 000 SEK
First payment: 60 500 SEK

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

More information about tuition fees


Summary

Are you interested in how natural processes affect individuals, species or ecosystems? Or perhaps you want to work with global challenges such as climate change or management of natural resources? If so, you should apply for the master’s programme in Biology. Our three research-oriented profiles—ecophysiology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology—give you not only tools and competence to compete on the job market, but are also an excellent preparation for graduate studies.

About

The master’s programme in Biology gives you the opportunity for in-depth studies in one of three profiles—ecophysiology, evolutionary biology, and conservation biology—allowing you to develop the tools and competence to compete on the job market or pursue further research. Each profile contains recommended courses (see the list below), but you can also widen your studies by choosing other elective in-depth courses in biology or other suitable subjects.


Ecophysiology


  • Global Change: problem, analysis, measures

  • An Introduction to Ecophysiology: plants and animals

  • Comparative Physiology of Marine Animals including Applications for Aquaculture

  • Plant Physiology in a Dynamic Environment

  • Animal Ecophysiology from a Climate Perspective

  • Plant Ecophysiology in a Global Change Perspective

Evolutionary biology


  • Evolutionary Ecology

  • Conservation and the Genetics of Populations

  • Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

  • Evolutionary Genomics

Conservation biology

  • Conservation and the Genetics of Populations

  • Naturvård, förvaltning och skötsel (taught in Swedish)

  • Conservation and the genetics of populations

  • Tillämpad miljörätt (taught in Swedish)

  • Kunskapsförmedling och kommunikation för naturvårdsbiologer (taught in Swedish) 

  • Stream Ecology and Fish Conservation

Balancing theory and practice


The teaching is both based on theory and practically oriented, and takes the form of lectures, exercises, laboratory work, excursions, and group work. Individual courses also include study visits and internships, and part of the teaching takes place at our marine field stations Tjärnö outside Strömstad and at Kristineberg outside Fiskebäckskil. You will conduct your degree project at the end of the programme. It can be conducted in a research group or externally with, for example, a government agency or a company. You can also conduct your degree project at another university in Sweden or abroad. 

Programme structure and content

The programme gives you the opportunity for in-depth studies in one of three profiles:

  • ecophysiology
  • evolutionary biology
  • conservation biology

In the first year, each profile begins with one or two introductory courses that offer a broad introduction to the field at the advanced level. A series of recommended in-depth core courses allow you to progress within the profile.

In the second year, a full-year degree project is recommended for the second year, but it is also possible to do a shorter project in combination with other courses.

Who should apply?

Are you interested in how natural processes affect individuals, species, or ecosystems? Do you want to work with global challenges such as climate change or management of natural resources, and sustainable food production for a growing world population?

If this sounds like you, then apply for the master’s programme in Biology.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

University studies of at least three full years, equal to a Bachelor's degree in Science in Biology, Marine or Environmental Science, including at least 60 credits in biology including one in-depth course in biology of at least 15 credits. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection

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.

After graduation

Graduates receive the degree Master of Science in Biology. Biologists work in many areas with diverse tasks depending on their profile. Below are examples of employers outside the academy where our alumni work:

  • county administrative boards
  • local councils
  • Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
  • Swedish Board of Agriculture
  • science parks like Universeum
  • pharmaceutical and biotech companies like Astra Zeneca

Conservation- and evolutionary biologists work with environment and conservation questions in companies, local councils, and government agencies or as self-employed consultants. Biologists with a physiological or cell biological profile often work with research in biotech companies, hospital labs, or government agencies. Many biologists also work in research and education.

Facilities

The teaching is mainly conducted at the Zoology house (Medicinaregatan 18 A), at the house of Plant Biology and Environmental Science (Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B), and in the Lundberg Laboratory (Medicinaregatan 9). Part of the teaching takes place at our marine field stations Tjärnö outside Strömstad and at Kristineberg outside Fiskebäckskil.

Exchange opportunities

Many jobs require international collaboration, and it is therefore a valuable qualification to spend part of your studies abroad. We provide you with good chances for exchange studies, with over 100 contracts under the Erasmus and other exchange programmes with universities and colleges around the world. If you are considering a semester or two in, for instance, Barcelona, Cardiff, Australia, or Canada, this is a good programme to choose.

Internship

A good way for you to make contacts with potential employers do an internship during your education. An internship can be completed as an optional in-depth course: Applied Project in Biology. It should be linked to biology training, be placed in a workplace where biologists work, and can take place in the summer or during your studies.