Master Programme in Biology: Ecology and Conservation Biology
Bachelor Degree 180 ECTS cr with a Major in Biology. Upper secondary school level English 6 or B, or equivalent.
The programme of study begins with the new resilience-based course on Ecosystem Stewardship, that provides an overview of ecosystem services and their management. We follow with a course on applied Ecological Resource Management and finish with an Advanced Methods course. Students have space for elective courses to sharpen their own focus. Finally the Masters project is an advanced research project within our extensive research network in Sweden and abroad.
ExaminationThe program leads to a Masters Degree in Biology. You also have the chance to take a Magisters exam instead for 60hp.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Ecosystems in a Changing World (Obligatory)||15|
|Ecological Resource Management (Obligatory)||15|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Behavioural Ecology (Optional)||15|
|Biology Independent Research Project (Elective)||15|
|Optional course (Obligatory)||15|
|Scientific Methods in Freshwater Ecology (Obligatory)||15|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Environmental Impact Assesment (Optional)||7.5|
|GIS - Introduction (Optional)||7.5|
|Practical course in Biology (Optional)||15|
|Freshwater Biology (Optional)||15|
|Optional course (Optional)||30|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Biology Independent Research Project (Obligatory)||30|
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.