Master's Programme in Ecology and the Environment, 120 credits

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

Autumn 2018, Full time 100%, Linköping

Ecology and the Environment, Master's Programme - Second admission round mainly for Swedish and EU/EEA students

Autumn 2018, Full time 100%, Linköping

Ecology and the Environment, Master's Programme - Second admission round mainly for Swedish and EU/EEA students

Autumn 2019, Full time 100%, Linköping

Ecology and the Environment, Master's Programme

Autumn 2019, Full time 100%, Linköping

The programme has a critical scientific approach to ecology and 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.

There is a strong focus on the practical application of ecological knowledge in society. You learn about environmental and natural resource management, and how it is implicated by various stakeholders. 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 a course that focuses on ecological decision support for forestry and agriculture.

One-year thesis project

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 Division of Biology in subjects 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.

Emphasis on mathematical models

This programme also emphasises the need for mathematical models and statistical analyses to address complex ecological and environmental problems. Typical applications are in helping to identify 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.

Syllabus and course details

A detailed syllabus, curriculum, and information on the courses you may take can be found in our study information database via the link below. Entry requirements and tuition fees can be found by selecting the show more function at the top of the page. 

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Ecology and the Environment programme are qualified to work with environmental issues and conservation biology, for instance with sustainable use of natural resources in forestry, agriculture or limnology. Graduates are also well prepared for further studies towards a PhD.

Alumni Insights


Rebecka - Sweden - Conservation Biologist / recently elected to the Swedish Parliament representing the Swedish Environment Party (Miljöparti) and LiU Alumna of the Year 2018

Rebecka le Moine, årets alumn 2018 Photo credit Charlotte Perhammar''Thanks to this program, I have developed both practical and theoretical skills that have become valuable for my career. 

I have been able to design my studies according to my interests (my master thesis was in eastern Cambodia; in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature about tiger conservation). 

I highly appreciate the flexibility the program gave me, which made it possible to follow my dreams!''

Camilla - Sweden - Project manager & environmental leader, Skanska

Former student of the master's programme in Ecology and the Enviornment.''The programme was very diverse and educative. Many of the modules were hands-on and gave a bigger understanding of the complexity of nature and the environment. 

This has helped me in current work, where it is important not to jump to conclusions - some measures that we take can lead to significant long-term impacts on the environment.

One must get the broader picture before opening a new working site or making changes in a current one.''

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