Master in Ecology

Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Program Description

Master in Ecology

Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Master's Programme in Ecology

This is an education for you that have a bachelor degree in biology and wish to get a more advanced knowledge in ecology to increase your possibilities to get an advanced job within companies and governments or the merit yourself for future studies as a PhD student.

The master program in ecology will give you an advanced knowledge of ecological theory that is necessary for planning and executing research and nature conservation. The education is closely linked to the research conducted at the department of Ecology and Environmental Science. Most of the practical exercises have their focus on northern ecosystems but the education is still highly international since general theory and global environmental problems like overfishing, forestry, river regulations, pollution and climate changes are central themes in many courses.

The education gives skills to identify and characterize ecological problems plan and execute investigations and determine and study biological material. You will also learn how to analyze data statistically and how to present and interpret the results in a report. All courses in the master program are given in English.


The master program in ecology at Umeå University is given by the department of Ecology and Environmental Science (EMG) and is closely linked to the research conducted at the department. As a master student in ecology in Umeå, you will develop your skills for individual integration and application of knowledge, and the ability to handle complex phenomena, problems and situations, as a preparation for research practice or other jobs that have high demands of self dependence.

Students are admitted to the program once a year. The program includes courses covering a total of 120 ECTS-credits taken during two years, and it entirely located to Umeå. The included courses combine theoretical studies with field or laboratory practice. The final 30 ECTS-credits degree thesis is supposed to be connected to a specific advanced course in ecology taken by the student. The degree thesis is to be carried out at the university, or at some enterprise or government.

As the first course you can chose between Forest Ecology and Freshwater Ecology. The other mandatory courses are Ecology: Theory and Applications, Evolutionary Ecology and Analyses of Ecological Data. You can, as a part of the program read up to 30 ECTS in other subjects and there are a number of advanced ecological courses that you can take as well.

Career Opportunities

The master program in ecology gives you knowledge and skills for advanced work in governments, companies and is an excellent base for PhD studies.

Students are admitted to the programme once a year. After all necessary courses have been passed; the program qualifies for the degree Master of Science with a Major in Ecology at Umeå University.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 2, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
270,000 SEK
Jan. 15, 2017
Start date Aug. 2017
Sweden Umeå
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 270,000 SEK