Ecology and Sustainable Development, Master's Programme

120 credits

In a world facing complex environmental problems, ecological understanding and a systems perspective are fundamental to finding sustainable solutions. If you are interested in nature and want to address global challenges, this programme is the right choice.

Ecology and Sustainable Development, Master's Programme

Autumn 2023 / Full-time / Linköping

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

Autumn 2023 / Full-time / Linköping

Ecology and Sustainable Development, Master's Programme

Autumn 2024 / Full-time / Linköping

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By applying ecological theories and quantitative methods, you will learn how 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 research

Ecology courses at LiU have a research perspective and are based on cases where you work closely with fellow students, teachers, and researchers in a collaborative atmosphere. As a student, you take part in outstanding research in, for example, conservation ecology and sustainable development. You will sharpen your skills in experimental design, theoretical thinking, modelling, systems analysis, and scientific communication.

Internship and one-year thesis

During a six-week internship and in your one-year thesis project, you will have the opportunity to go deeper into areas of your interest and to establish a professional network for your future working life. Possible thesis subjects include biodiversity, species interaction in food webs, and nutrient cycling.

Syllabus and course details

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.

For preliminary courses in semester 2-4, please go here and select the Curriculum tab.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you can work with environmental and nature conservation issues such as the management of ecosystems, ecological communities, and populations to conserve life on land and below water. You may find employment with consultancy firms, government agencies, forestry companies, or international environmental organisations. You will also be well prepared for further postgraduate studies towards a doctoral degree.


This November 2022 webinar features Programme Coordinator Karl-Olof Bergman along with second-year students Rasmus Viding and Mandy Oberhollenzer. They cover the application procedure, the programme structure, examination forms, the master’s thesis, career opportunities, and what it’s like to live in Sweden.


What are the main advantages of the Ecology and Sustainable Development programme, and why should you apply? Current student Isabel Cardim de Resende tells you in this video.

Stories from the programme


Application and admission

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