Master in Geoecology

Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Program Description

Master in Geoecology

Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Master's Programme in Geoecology

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University offers a 2-year Master of Science Programme for students that would like to specialize in Geoecology. Geoecology integrates the fields of Geosciences and Ecology. With an emphasis on the Nordic landscape, you will study natural earth processes, climate change and the effects of anthropogenic impact, such as resource utilization and pollution. These processes result in a more dynamic environment than what is generally recognized, and you will develop an awareness of environmental changes on timescales from years to millennia.


The Study Programme starts with a field course, Field Methods in Geoecology. After that, you will have opportunities to take theoretical courses and applied courses directed towards field studies, as well as courses directed towards Geographic Information Systems.

The programme is very flexible, as the only compulsory courses are the first course, Field methods in Geoecology, 15 ETCS, and the final Degree thesis, 30 ECTS. Courses can otherwise be chosen freely, as long as the requirements for the M.Sc. degree are met.

Career Opportunities

Most graduates are working with environmental issues or environmental problems on private companies or for the authorities. A number continue with Ph.D. studies and are aiming at a career as a scientist.


Year 1: Autumn semester

  • Advanced Field Methods in Geoecology 15 hp
  • Courses of free choice 15 ECTS

Year 1: Spring semester

  • Courses of free choice 30 ECTS

Year 2: Autumn semester

  • Courses of free choice 30 ECTS

Year 2: Spring semester

  • Degree Thesis in Earth Science/Physical Geography 30 ECTS

Courses of free choice:

Alpine Geoecology (given in Abisko, Lapland, 1st half of autumn semester), Analysis of Environmental Changes, Theoretical Geoecology, Northern Aquatic Systems, Advanced Geographic Information Systems

Optional Ecology courses (15 ECTS) include: Alpine Ecosystems (given in Abisko, Lapland, 2nd half of spring semester), Aquatic Ecology, Forest Ecology

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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