MSc in Ecology and the Environment

General

Program Description

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  • Start: Autumn 2020
  • Place of study: Linköping
  • Level: Second-cycle
  • Application code: LIU-91108

This master’s program prepares students to work with the management of ecosystems, ecological communities, and populations, based on a thorough knowledge of ecological concepts and theories.

In a world facing complex environmental problems, ecological knowledge is fundamental to finding sustainable solutions. If you are interested in nature and want to address global challenges, this program is for you. By applying ecological theories and methods, you will learn to identify crop management strategies for biological control, evaluate the preservation status of nature reserves, and analyze regional ecosystem services and how they interplay with social and economic systems.

Collaborative atmosphere

Our courses are based on cases where you work closely with fellow students, teachers, and researchers in a collaborative atmosphere. The courses cover population ecology, community ecology, and ecology systems theories. You will delve deep to understand how theories and methods apply to environmental and natural resource management, but also how stakeholders can become involved to achieve sustainable change based on scientific findings. Throughout your studies, you will be trained in experiment design, data interpretation, systems thinking, theoretical modeling, and scientific communication. During a six-week internship and later when writing your thesis, you will practice your skills and start to develop a professional network.

One-year thesis project

The thesis is performed as a one-year research project, sometimes in collaboration with organizations and companies in the Nordic countries. It may target e. g. biodiversity, species interaction in food webs or nutrient cycling.

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Purpose

The aim of the Master's program in Ecology and the Environment is that the students shall acquire the knowledge, skills and scientific approaches that are necessary for a professional in the field and for postgraduate studies. The program corresponds to needs within this field from universities, industry, and society both on a national and an international level. The education is based on the related bachelor program and intends to provide in-depth knowledge in ecology and its applications in nature conservation and environmental management.

The students leaving the Master's program in Ecology and the Environment shall:

  • Be well prepared for advanced scientific communication with different target groups.
  • Be able to contribute to the sustainable development of society.
  • Be well prepared for postgraduate studies, but also for advanced positions in the national or international labor market.

Aim

Mathematical, scientifical and technical knowledge and reasoning

The students from the Master's program in Ecology and the Environment shall demonstrate theoretical knowledge and understanding in ecology and its applications in e.g. nature conservation, management of shallow waters and treatment wetlands, and biological pest control. The program covers current theories in population, society and system ecology. This includes a broad knowledge in the area in general, with in-depth knowledge in some specialties

The graduates from the Master's program in Ecology and the Environment shall on an advanced level have gained:

  • Knowledge of current issues in the field of environment and natural resource management and how ecological skills can be used in professional activities in this sector.
  • Awareness of current ecological theories and the ability to plan and implement ecological studies in the field and in the laboratory.
  • Knowledge in ecological field methods and experimental design.
  • Ability to evaluate and interpret data from environmental monitoring programs and experiments.
  • Ability to carry out ecological risk assessments.
  • Ability to use mathematical tools for structuring and analyzing complex ecological problems, and familiarity with current software for the purpose.

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Webinar - 6 November at 11.00 (CET, Sweden time)

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Career opportunities

As a graduate, you may find employment with consultancy firms or government agencies, managing populations and ecological communities for the sustainable use of natural resources in forestry, agriculture, and shallow waters. You will also be well prepared for further studies towards a doctoral degree.

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 recognized university.

5 ECTS credits in the field of ecology

English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognized test.

The 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
Last updated Feb 2020

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