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

This 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 2019, Full-time, Linköping

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

Autumn 2019, Full-time, Linköping

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

Autumn 2020, Full-time, Linköping

Ecology and the Environment, Master's Programme

Autumn 2020, Full-time, Linköping

Closed for late application

In a world facing complex environmental problems, ecological knowledge is fundamental to finding sustainable solutions. If you are interested in nature and want to address global challenges, this programme is for you. By applying ecological theories and methods, you will learn to identify crop management strategies for biological control, evaluate the preservation status of nature reserves, and analyse regional ecosystem services and how they interplay with social and economic systems.

Collaborative atmosphere

Our courses are based on cases where you work closely with fellow students, teachers and researchers in a collaborative atmosphere. The courses cover population ecology, community ecology and ecology systems theories. You will delve deep to understand how theories and methods apply to environmental and natural resource management, but also how stakeholders can become involved to achieve sustainable change based on scientific findings. Throughout your studies, you will be trained in experiment design, data interpretation, systems thinking, theoretical modelling, and scientific communication. During a six-week internship and later when writing your thesis, you will practice your skills and start to develop a professional network.

One-year thesis project

The thesis is performed as a one-year research project, sometimes in collaboration with organisations and companies in the Nordic countries. It may target e. g. biodiversity, species interaction in food webs or nutrient cycling.

Syllabus and course details
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A detailed syllabus, curriculum and information on courses, including literature, can be found in our study information database via the link below. For entry requirements and tuition fees, please click the ”Admission requirements” tabs at the top of the page.

Webinar
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Did you miss our webinar? Play it back to hear Programme Coordinator Karl-Olof Bergman and first-year student Niklas Lindell discuss the programme structure, examination forms, the master’s thesis, job opportunities, and what it’s like to live in Sweden.

Career opportunities
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As a graduate you may find employment with consultancy firms or government agencies, managing populations and ecological communities for the sustainable use of natural resources in forestry, agriculture, and shallow waters. You will also be well prepared for further studies towards a doctoral degree.

Alumni insights
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Camilla - Sweden - Project manager and 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 my 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.”

 

Research
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Application & admission
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