Applied Ethology and Animal Biology, Master's Programme - Information for admitted students

Welcome to Linköping University and the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Here you will find information specific to you as an admitted master’s student.

This page will be continually updated so please check back.
Latest update: 24 August 2021

It is our pleasure to congratulate you on having been admitted to our Applied Ethology and Animal Biology Master’s programme. We are confident that it will be important for your professional career and provide you with interesting challenges and personal development. Our ambition is to educate advanced professionals for an international market. Currently we are planning the autumn semester and are looking forward to welcoming you here in August.

The way of studying here at Linköping University (LiU) might differ from what you are used to. Besides lectures and laboratory work, we put a large emphasis on you being active in projects, writing papers, essays and reports and presenting the results of minor research tasks. Does this sound demanding? You are absolutely right – it is! We take studies very seriously and want your time with us to be as meaningful as possible. But we also guarantee that this will not prevent you from having a lot of fun and enjoying interesting experiences during your time in Linköping.

Introduction Days 25-27 August 2021

New master’s students to the Faculty of Science and Engineering will be formally welcomed at Campus Valla in Linköping. You will receive important information regarding your studies and meet your Master's Programme Contact Person. You will also meet senior students who will be your mentors during the start of the semester. They will assist you with practical issues and guide you through the various academic administration systems you need to be familiar with.

Wednesday 25 August – Mandatory roll call 

  • 10:15-11:15 A Digital Welcome Broadcast for Master´s Students -
  • 14:15-15:00 Mandatory roll call with Mentor and Fadder meet-up on Campus
    A38, A-building, Campus Valla
    This is a drop in roll call, which means that you can drop in any time within the given timeframe.

You must attend in person – on campus – to confirm your place on the programme. If you are unable to attend you have to notify us in advance. Send an e-mail to and explain why you cannot attend and when you expect to arrive. Unless you do this you will lose your place.

Thursday 26 August – Introduction Day for Biology Master’s Programmes

  • 9.15-11.30 Online Info Session with Faculty Coordinators
    Invitation to Zoom-meeting will be sent by e-mail
  • 13:15 – 13:30 Welcome to IFM Biology, and information about the Introduction day
    Lars Westerberg (Lecturer, Ecology and the Environment programme)
  • 13:30 – 14:00 Master’s studies from a teacher perspective
    Karl-Olof Bergman (Lecturer, Ecology and the Environment programme)
  • 14:00 – 14:10 Short break
  • 14:10 – 14:30 Guest lecture: Reflections on Biology master’s studies at LiU, and life after graduation
  • 14:30 – 14:35 Information about the afternoon sessions. Ecology and the Environment will change Zoom room.
  • 14:40 – 15:20 Programme overview
    Matthias Laska, Applied Ethology and Animal Biology
    Lars Westerberg, Ecology and the Environment
  • 15:20 – 16:00 Master’s studies from a student perspective
    Students from Applied Ethology and Animal Biology

Location: Online only. Zoom invitations will be sent by e-mail.

Friday 27 August

  • 9.15-11.00 Online Info Session with your Mentor
    Invitation to Zoom-meeting will be sent by e-mail.
  • 13:00-13:30 – How to find information about your studies
    Eva Mattsson (Coordinator, Biology master’s programmes)

Location: Online. Zoom invitations will be sent by e-mail.

Conditionally admitted students

If you are conditionally admitted you must upload your degree certificate and transcript of your last semester(s) both in original language and with an English translation to your account by 1 November 2021.

Residing in Sweden

As soon as you have been accepted to commence studies at LiU, we recommend applicants who are citizens of non-EU/EEA countries to do the following:

1) Pay your tuition fee.
2) Apply for a resident permit from the Swedish Migration Agency.

We advise you not to book any non-refundable travel until you are sure you can reside and study in Sweden. You can find further information here

Semester schedule

The first study period starts on Monday 30 August. This is the autumn 2021 semester schedule:

30 Aug - 15 Oct: Study period 1
25 Oct - 30 Oct: Examination period 1
 1 Nov - 17 Dec: Study period 2
 20 Dec - 3 Jan: Self-study
4 Jan - 8 Jan: Re-examination period
10 Jan - 15 Jan: Examination period 2

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Academic studies at LiU

Advice for applicants and admitted students, including recommendations before you arrive in Sweden, planning your studies, understanding what is expected from you, and the importance of working in groups as well as studying independently. You also learn about examination forms.

Study Counsellor Marie Carlsson and student Abhishek Raina offer helpful tips on how to plan your studies. You will learn about group work, network-building and what kind of support LiU can offer. They also describe a typical week as a student.


This webinar has tons of useful information for admitted students. Senior Lecturer David Grundlegård and students Sandra and Adam cover everything from the grading system, scholarships, workload and accommodation to Swedish weather and food.

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A detailed syllabus, curriculum and information on the courses, including literature, can be found in our study information database via the link below.

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For questions of an academic nature regarding programme content, specific courses etc, please contact Master's Programme Contact Person Eva Mattsson.

For questions related to practical programme matters such as timetables and examinations, please contact Faculty Coordinators.

If you have general questions about the welcome period, accommodation, visa and insurance issues, please contact our International Office.

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Åsa Olsson

Faculty Coordinator for master’s students

Visiting address: Room C:209, D Building, Campus Valla (Linköping)

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Petter Almqvist-Ingersoll

Faculty Coordinator for master’s students

Visiting address: Room C:209, D Building, Campus Valla (Linköping) 

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International Office

The International Student Reception team welcomes and supports all admitted international students to LiU.

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