Ecology is a key component in understanding global environmental challenges. There is a growing concern over the human impact on the environment, and the need for ecologists has never been greater.

What can you use this qualification for?

You will be qualified for tasks related to environmental monitoring, biological conservation, research, and education. Candidates work for a variety of employers, ranging from public government, NGOs, research institutions and the university sector. The programme has a strong research emphasis and can be the basis for further Ph.D. studies.

What will you learn?

The first year you will tailor your study profile by selecting your favorite courses. It will require interactive participation by the students through presentations, short thematic reviews, term papers, and discussion sections.

An individual research project, i.e. the master's thesis, is the main focus the second year. Students specializing in Tropical ecology and management of natural resources will collect field data in Africa, Asia, South America or Latin America.


The specialization in General ecology will give you a thorough understanding of central elements of ecology. You will be able to understand and recognize the complexity of ecosystems. You will have an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes

that have formed biological diversity and have an up-to-date knowledge about global change and its impact on organisms and ecosystems. You can choose from a wide range of courses. The specialization in Tropical ecology and management of natural resources will give you solid knowledge about the biology and ecology of the tropics. It addresses current challenges in tropical ecology like habitat destruction and biodiversity decline. Here the interrelationships between poverty, land-use and nature conservation are central. You will learn about some of the most spectacular areas on earth and will collect field data in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

Learning outcomes

A candidate who has completed the education is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in competence, knowledge, and skills:



  • Has developed good skills in the communication of scientific information to scientists, to natural resource management authorities and to the general public.
  • Is able to use his/her knowledge and skills in new scientific areas to carry through advanced tasks and independent research projects.


  • Has a thorough knowledge of ecological theories and factors that regulate the structure and diversity of ecosystems.
  • Has a comprehensive understanding and in-depth knowledge of at least one scientific area related to general ecology.
  • Has in-depth knowledge of nature's complexity, and the adaptability of life.
  • Has up-to-date knowledge on global environmental change and how it affects organisms and ecosystems.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 15, 2018
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no tuition fees. However, most students must pay a small semester fee.
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