International biodiversity resource management

Master’s level
5 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
Mixed time
Location independent
Study form
Application open
Application code
Full education cost: 10 333 SEK
First payment: 10 333 SEK

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

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This education has a focus on sustainability. The teacher has created the course or program to fit into at least one of our 10 sustainability criteria. For you as a student, the sustainability label means guidance, quality assurance, and a guarantee that courses or programs contain a pronounced perspective on sustainability.


The biodiversity provides humans with a range of resources and ecosystem services. At the international level, there are several conventions, regulations and other initiatives to protect biodiversity. Also, the development of red lists of threatened species forms part of this work. If you wish to learn more about the international collaboration to protect biodiversity, this is the course for you. The skills that you acquire are useful for anyone working with protection of biological diversity.


In this course, you will gain insight into a number of international conventions relating to the conservation of biodiversity and biodiversity resources. This includes e.g. the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Convention on International Trade with Endangered Species (CITES), the Ramsar Wetland Convention as well as the World heritage Convention. We also discuss the EU directives dealing with nature conservation and biodiversity protection and how they are implemented.

You will learn about Red-listing classification system and its scientific background. We also discuss how biodiversity can be preserved in situ and ex situ, and the roles gene banks and museum collections play.

In an individual project, we focus on species or areas that are highlighted by an international convention or the red lists. For a species or area of your choice, you describe the biological background, the specific conditions that led to its status as endangered, and the protection that the species is given by international laws and agreements.


The course is internet-based. You will get access to a course guide, recorded lectures and some literature via Canvas, the university’s learning platform. There is also a discussion forum on Canvas for interaction with the teachers.  

Prerequisites and selection


University studies of at least three full years, equal to a Bachelor's degree in Science in Biology or Environmental Science and at least one in depth course in systematics of 10 credits in any organism group. 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 is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.


The course is internet-based, with no on-campus activities.