Applied Ethology and Animal Biology, Master's programme

Swedish Name Applied Ethology and Animal Biology, masterprogram
English Name Applied Ethology and Animal Biology, Master's programme
Teaching language English
Campus Linköping
Number of credits 120
Degree

Master of Science (120 credits) in Biology

Pace of study Full time 100%

Purpose

The aim of the programme in Applied Ethology and Animal biology is to give the students the knowledge, skills and approach that are necessary within the profession as well as in post-graduate studies. The education programme corresponds to the needs of national and international bodies within the subject, for example in university, industry and society. The education is based on the related bachelor programme and intends to give a deep knowledge within applied ethology with a specialization towards animal welfare and conservation biology. The programme prepares for postgraduate studies.

The students leaving the master programme in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology shall:

  • be prepared for advanced scientific and mathematical communication with different target groups
  • be able to contribute to a sustainable development of society
  • be well prepared for both postgraduate studies and for the national and international labour market.

Aim

Mathematical, scientifical and technical knowledge ans reasoning
The students from the Master's programme in Applied Ethology and Animal biology shall demonstrate broad knowledge within the field, and in addition a profound knowledge of animals biology in captivity , functional physiology, zoo biology and primate ethology. The graduates from the Master's programme in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology shall on an advanced level possess:

  • deep knowledge in the theory of the natural behaviour of animals, the biological meaning and consequence of stress, and the effect of captivity concerning both behaviour and physiological reactions, especially stress
  • knowledge about the problems associated with keeping animals in captivity which includes knowledge in conservation biology, in situ and ex situ
  • deep knowledge of different methods of recording and quantification of behavioural data, measurement of physiological reactions, handling of animals and statistical calculations
  • ability to plan, run and interpret scientific research within the field.

Personal and professional skills and attributes
Students graduated from the Master's programme in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology have achieved the individual and professional skills and attitudes which are demanded for being able to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyze, judge and handle complex issues even with limited information. The graduates shall also be aware of and take responsibility for their own work or post graduate studies with respect to work ethics, responsibility and reliability. The graduates from the programme shall be able to make relevant judgements regarding scientifical, social and ethical aspects of their professional areas.

Interpersonal skills: Teamwork and communication
Students graduated from the Master's programme in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology shall be able to collaborate with other people. This requires the ability of active participation in a project with clear roles and well defined responsibilities and tasks. The graduates can also initiate, plan, lead and evaluate large projects. The graduates shall have good skills in written and oral communication. The graduates can present information, problems and solutions in a structured way with relevant techniques both written and orally, in different languages (preferably Swedish and English) to different target groups.

Conceiving, designing, implementing and operating scientific projects in an organisational and social context
Students graduated from the Master's programme in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology shall have knowledge about the natural scientist and the natural science in the society both from a historical and a contemporary perspective. The graduates shall also have an understanding of social and economic conditions in the related area and related research area. They shall be competent in initiating, working in and leading advanced development projects with accepted methods. The graduates shall also have skills in planning, implementing and presenting their work. The graduates have a comprehension of how research results can be transformed into industrial use and commercial business.

Content

The programme consists of courses within the area of ethology such as primate ethology, zoo biology and physiological adaptations on an advanced level. 

The programme ends with the course Communicating Science where the students use their master thesis to develop their skills in oral and written communication to different target groups.

The Master's thesis can be carried out at the university or in cooperation with companies or local authorities and is regarded as a good introduction to post graduate studies. 

Teaching and working methods

The programme comprises four semesters and leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) in Biology. The teaching language is English. The range of courses is found in the curriculum. Normally the content of the programme is presented at lectures, seminars, laboratory work and field studies. Some extensive projects or assignments are parts of the courses and will be reported orally and/or in writing. Laboratory work, seminars and field studies are compulsory. 

The Master thesis is mainly performed during the second year and comprises 30, 45 or 60 högskolepoäng (equivalent to ECTS credits). This means that the student may choose a less extensive master thesis and combine this with further course studies in other related areas, or more in-depth courses in the same field. Courses not included in the curriculum must be approved by the Program Board after consultation with the Study Counselor.

Courses may contain compulsory elements that means extra costs for the student.  

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a major in the field of biology. The Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognised university. The university has to be listed in the latest edition of the International Handbook of Universities (http://www.iau-aiu.net/).
  • 5 ECTS credits in the field of physiology. 
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test.

 

Selection for the January application round is based on merit rating (grade tariff) at three levels. If necessary, applicants within the same merit group will be selected by lot.

  • Group 1: High
  • Group 2: Good
  • Group 3: Low 

Degree thesis

The thesis work should be of scientifically high quality and be carried out in close contact with the research groups involved in the programme and in the area of the profile chosen by the student. The thesis should be written and presented in English. The thesis should be written and presented in English. If possible, the work should be presented orally at the minisymposium arranged by the Division of Biology and all students are supposed to be present. In this case, the requirement of prior attendance at final thesis seminars is disregarded.  

To be qualified to conduct a degree project of 60 ECTS credits, the student must be admitted to the master’s programme and have completed at least 30 ECTS credits from courses within the programme, of which 24 ECTS credits must be at the advanced (graduate) level within the main field of study.

To be qualified to conduct a degree project of 45 ECTS credits, the student must be admitted to the master’s programme and have completed at least 35 ECTS credits from courses within the programme, of which 24 ECTS credits must be at the advanced (graduate) level within the main field of study.

To be qualified to conduct a degree project of 30 ECTS credits, the student must be admitted to the master’s programme and have completed at least 60 ECTS credits from courses within the programme, of which 30 ECTS credits must be at the advanced (graduate) level within the main field of study.

Degree requirements

The programme leads to a "Master of Science (120 credits) in Biology", is Swedish "Naturvetenskaplig masterexamen Biologi".

The requirements are the following:

  • a Bachelor's degree as specified in the entrance requirements.
  • course requirements for a total of 120 ECTS credits from courses from the curriculum of the programme (including thesis work).
  • passed the requirements for all compulsory courses.
  • courses on advancement level A (advanced) 90 ECTS credits including:
    • at least 30 ECTS credits courses from the main field of study Biology.
    • at least 30 ECTS credits Master's Thesis in the main field of study Biology.
  • a Master's thesis presented and passed as per Linköping Institute of Technology degree regulations.

Courses overlapping each other regarding contents are not allowed to be included in the degree. Courses used for the Bachelor's degree can never be included in the Master's degree.    

Degree in Swedish

Naturvetenskaplig masterexamen Biologi

Degree in English

Master of Science (120 credits) in Biology

Common rules

See also common rules.