MSc in Ecology and the Environment

Linköping University

Program Description

MSc in Ecology and the Environment

Linköping University

The Ecology and the Environment 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.

The programme has a critical scientific approach to ecology and to its applications in society. Students acquire training in practical areas such as: experiment design, data interpretation, ecological fieldwork and theoretical modelling, both in a classroom setting and through fieldwork.

Programme description

The Ecology and the Environment 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.

The programme has a critical scientific approach to ecology and to its applications in society. Students acquire training in practical areas such as: experiment design, data interpretation, ecological fieldwork and theoretical modelling, both in a classroom setting and through fieldwork.

The programme has a strong focus on the practical application of ecological knowledge in society. It takes up, for example, environmental and natural resource management, and studies how interactions with various stakeholders affect this. The courses cover population ecology, community ecology and ecology systems theories, including their relationship to current environmental problems. Furthermore, the programme has an internship period and one course that focusses on ecological decision support for forestry and agriculture. Students have the opportunity to take elective courses, such as environmental impact assessment.

The key part of the programme is a one‑year master’s project in which students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge. The project can be linked to current research projects at the Biology department such as: conservation ecology, ecology of shallow waters, design and management of treatment wetlands, spatio-temporal ecology, and population and community ecology. Alternatively, the master’s project can be conducted at a university or research institute abroad, in a field such as tropical ecology or ecological engineering.

This programme also emphasizes the need for mathematical models and statistical analyses to address complex ecological and environmental problems. Examples of such applications are: identifying of crop management strategies for effective biological control, understanding the impact of life history strategies on the risk of population extinction in a variable environment, and evaluating the preservation status of nature reserves and how they should be managed.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Ecology and the Environment programme are well prepared to work with environmental issues and conservation biology in areas such as: sustainable use of natural resources in forestry, agriculture or limnology. Graduates are also well prepared for further studies towards a PhD.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 27, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
126,000 SEK
Information
Deadline
Jan. 16, 2017
Late applications might be considered.
Start date Aug. 2017
Place
Sweden Linköping
Application deadline Jan. 16, 2017
Late applications might be considered.
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 126,000 SEK
All others (per academic year) ; Citizens from within the EU/EEA and Switzerland: No tuition fees