The Ecology and the Environment master's programme prepares students to work with the management of ecosystems, ecological communities and populations, based on a thorough knowledge of ecological concepts and theories.
Ecology and the Environment, Master's programme, 120 credits
Autumn 2017, Full time 100%, Linköping
The programme has a critical scientific approach to ecology and to its applications in society. Students acquire training in practical areas such as: experiment design, data interpretation, ecological fieldwork and theoretical modelling, both in a classroom setting and through fieldwork.
The programme has a strong focus on the practical application of ecological knowledge in society. It takes up, for example, environmental and natural resource management, and studies how interactions with various stakeholders affect this. The courses cover population ecology, community ecology and ecology systems theories, including their relationship to current environmental problems. Furthermore, the programme has an internship period and one course that focusses on ecological decision support for forestry and agriculture. Students have the opportunity to take elective courses, such as environmental impact assessment.
Emphasis on mathematical models
The key part of the programme is a one-year master’s project in which students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge. The project can be linked to current research projects at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology such as: conservation ecology, ecology of shallow waters, design and management of treatment wetlands, spatio-temporal ecology, and population and community ecology. Alternatively, the master’s project can be conducted at a university or research institute abroad, in a field such as tropical ecology or ecological engineering.
This programme also emphasises the need for mathematical models and statistical analyses to address complex ecological and environmental problems. Examples of such applications are: identifying crop management strategies for effective biological control, understanding the impact of life-history strategies on the risk of population extinction in a varying environment, and evaluating the preservation status of nature reserves and how they should be managed.