Experimental marine ecology

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 30 500 SEK
First payment: 30 500 SEK

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

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The course integrates zoology and botany and deals with ecological and evolutionary theories, and experimental design / statistics, with special emphasis on marine organisms. The course aims to use the ecological and evolutionary theories as models and predictive tools to formulate hypotheses that are then tested in supervised group work. The course offers a good preparation for the independent degree project because it deals with all aspects of the research process (critical evaluation of previous literature, formulating testable hypotheses, design and execution of experiments, statistical analysis, and written and oral presentation of results).
This course is partly given at Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure at Tjärnö, near Strömstad.

BIO266, Marine Biodiversity, 15 credits is recommended but not a requirement.

Prerequisites and selection


1) Approved education of 180 credits, corresponding to a Bachelor degree in Marine Science, Biology or Environmental Science. 2) Approved courses (MAR101-112+NTH001) within the first and second year of the Bachelor program in Marine science at the University of Gothenburg. At least 90 of the 120 credits must be passed. 3) Approved basic courses BIO900, Cell Biology 15 credits (ECTS), BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 credits, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 credits, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution, 15 credits, and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed. 4) Approved courses of at least 90 credits in the Bachelor programme in Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, including BIO915 Ecology and Evolution (15 credits). In addition to this, for all four 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 165 credits.


The Gothenburg region offers proximity to a wide range of marine environments and our facilities include research stations and vessels.

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The course comprises two integrated elements. A theoretical part with
lectures and seminars deepens knowledge about, and understanding of, ecological
and evolutionary theories, and experimental design / statistics. The
experimental part of the course aims to apply your acquired knowledge through
exercises and individual work.