In a world facing complex environmental problems, solutions must be rooted in an understanding of ecological processes. This programme provides the necessary insight and practical tools to address environmental challenges and shape a more sustainable and resilient future.

Ecology and Sustainable Development, Master's Programme

Autumn 2024 / Full-time / Linköping

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

Autumn 2024 / Full-time / Linköping

If you aspire to address global challenges and have a bachelor’s degree in biology or environmental science, this programme is for you. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in the field, where you solve cases in a collaborative atmosphere with fellow students, teachers, and researchers. During the first year, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the scientific field of ecology and how it applies t0 practical work. As a student, you take part in outstanding research in, for example, conservation ecology and sustainable development.

External collaborations and international opportunities

Already in the second semester, you will work closely with professionals during a six-week internship and an optional field trip to South America. You can have your internship at a government agency, company, or organization in Sweden or abroad. It gives you work experience and the opportunity to establish a professional network for your future work life. Working closely with external partners provides you with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be a professional in the field.

One-year thesis project

A key part of the programme is the one-year thesis project, which offers further opportunities for professional networking and research contacts, including international experiences. The 60-credit thesis gives you a unique opportunity to explore areas of interest more deeply and to gain the necessary experience for a diversity of meaningful and rewarding career paths. For instance, students with an interest in conservation biology or a particular organism group can perform extensive field studies, often in the summer when study organisms are most active. Others may address ecological problems using computational methods.  

Future opportunities 

There is a growing demand for professionals with expertise in ecology and sustainable development in various sectors, such as government agencies, academia, business, and conservation organizations. As a graduate, you can work on environmental and nature conservation issues, such as the management of ecosystems, ecological communities, and populations, to conserve life on land and below water. You will learn cutting-edge skills and be well-prepared for doctoral studies in ecology and sustainable development. 

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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