Marine Biodiversity

Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 31 000 SEK
First payment: 31 000 SEK

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

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Get to know marine organisms! You will learn how to identify sea-living animals and plants, both macroscopical and microscopical ones, and you will learn where they live (in the free water, on rocky bottoms, in soft bottoms, etc.). You will also get accustomed to literature for identifying marine organisms.


The course provides knowledge on the collection and identification of marine animals and plants and about the biotopes they live in.  The course provides an introduction to the common species in Swedish water, as well as to the literature of identification and nomenclature for the various organism groups and is divided into five sub-courses covering marine benthic invertebrates (7.5 credits), zooplankton (2 credits), macroalgae (2 credits), microalgae (2 credits) and fish (1.5 credits). It is an applied course with a lot of field and laboratory work. Basic taxonomic theory will also be presented (phylogeny and nomenclature). The course takes place at Tjärnö Marine Laboratory ( Please note that the students pay for food during staying at the marine research station

Prerequisites and selection


Admission to the course requires 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 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.

3) Approved ES1201, Environmental Sciences: Natural Science, 15 credits, ES1300, Natural Resources Management, 15 hp, ES1305, Pollutants effects and dispersal on Biological Systems, 15 hec, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution 15 credits, and have read and approved at least one of the following four courses: BIO900, Cell Biology, 15 hec, BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 hp, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 hp and BIO920, Biodiversity and Systematics, 15 hp. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation


The course takes place at Tjärnö Marine Laboratory ( Please note that the students pay for food during staying at the marine research station

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

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Teaching takes place mainly in the form of lectures, laboratory work, field trips and field studies. Active attendance at laboratory work, excursions and field activities is mandatory.