An MSc, or Master of Science, is an academic distinction bestowed upon those who effectively complete a predetermined set of coursework in what is often a science-based discipline. The MSc often enhances career opportunities as well as earning potential.
Biology examines the activity of organisms in the areas of function, growth, and evolution, as well as how these factors affect where the organism lives. It can further study how individual organisms interact within their environment.
Sweden (Sverige) is the largest of the Nordic countries, with a population of about 9.5 million. It borders Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark via the bridge of Öresund (Öresundsbron). Sweden has a strong tradition of being an open, yet discreet country.
Top MScs in Biology in Sweden 2018
This programme deals with animal behaviour and biology from an applied perspective, including problems associated with keeping animals in captivity. The aim is to provide students with a solid understanding of theory and methods of applied ethology. [+]
This programme deals with animal behaviour and biology from an applied perspective, including problems associated with keeping animals in captivity. The aim is to provide students with a solid understanding of theory and methods of applied ethology.
Students gain a good working knowledge of the programme’s central issues, such as the biology of stress and its role in animal welfare, the effects of domestication on animal behaviour, the physiology of behaviour, and conservation biology. The programme is taught in collaboration with Kolmården Wildlife Park, one of the largest and most highly renowned zoos in Sweden. Several teaching sessions are held at the zoo where students acquire first-hand knowledge from experienced zoologists.... [-]
This Master's program connects fundamental research with its applications and integrates genetics, gene technology, cell biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, and bioinformatics. [+]
This program connects fundamental research with its applications and integrates genetics, gene technology, cell biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, and bioinformatics. All these disciplines have a common basis in molecular genetics, which is the discipline that explains how the information in the genes is expressed and how it can give rise to various traits of an organism. Emphasis is also put on genetic mechanisms underlying disease, genetic mapping, molecular genetic techniques and diagnostic methods.
Special features of the program:
• Courses in genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, biotechnology and medical genetics.
• Courses contain practical training in molecular biology techniques.... [-]
The Master's program in Microbiology offers a highly competitive education in modern microbiology and provides you with the tools and knowledge required for a successful career in this exciting area. [+]
This program offers a highly competitive education in modern microbiology. Molecular biology and genomics have transformed this topic and underlined the fundamental importance of microorganisms in most aspects of biology, from ecology to medicine. The program spans from the use of microbial model organisms to understand function and evolution of cellular processes to the enormous importance of microbes in biotechnology, the food and pharmaceutical industries, hygiene, environmental biotechnology, etc. Much of this potential is still unexplored and the program provides tools and knowledge for a career in this exciting area.
Special features of the program:Integration of experimental and applied microbiology. Learning in an international and research-intensive environment. Inquiry-based and research-based laboratory exercises. Mentorship and extracurricular activities. Program modules/courses ... [-]
This Master's program aims to give students of molecular biology a solid foundation for a career in medically related areas. These areas have played and will continue to play, a central role in pharmaceutical and biotechnological development. [+]
This program aims to give students of molecular biology a solid foundation for a career in medically related areas. These areas have played, and will continue to play, a central role in pharmaceutical and biotechnological development. The programme also deals with subjects related to commercial applications such as the development of diagnostic tools, quality control and functional foods.
Special features of the program:A broad range of courses related to medical biology, including pharmacology, immunology, nutrition physiology, toxicology, and neurobiology. Integration of theory and laboratory skills training. Insights into the drug development process, from research to clinical use. Extensive training in oral and written communication provides a solid basis for the use of relevant terms and expressions within medical biology and related areas. Extracurricular activities such as seminars and site visits are offered. Program modules/courses ... [-]
If you are interested in plant biology, evolution and biodiversity, this is the Master's programme for you. You will gain thorough knowledge about how plants function at different levels of the organisation, from the molecular to the eco-physiological level. [+]
Plants use intricate systems for growth, development, transport and metabolism to cope with adverse environmental conditions, but also have considerable capacity to adapt genetically to both biotic and abiotic factors. An understanding of the mechanisms that underlie these features is of fundamental importance for all biological disciplines. This is the subject for you if you are interested in plant biology, evolution and biodiversity.
You will gain knowledge and understanding of how plants function at different levels of the organisation, from the molecular to the eco-physiological level. You will gain knowledge of the methodology used in plant biological work and in research into physiological, molecular and cell biological issues. You will learn about the mechanisms that are involved in the evolution of new plant species and the factors that control plant diversity and the distribution of plant species. You will come to understand the way in which mating systems and population structure influence gene flow and genetic diversity in plants. You will study how plants interact with other organisms and their ability to adapt to environmental change. You will be given a scientifically-based perspective to the conservation biology of plants, and gain practical experience of ecological methodology. Field trips and laboratory work are integrated parts of many courses in this study programme.... [-]
The Master’s programme in General Biology gives you an opportunity to design a personal study plan. You choose from a broad range of around 50 courses covering subjects from cell and molecular biology to organismic biology and ecology. [+]
The general Master’s programme in Biology gives you an opportunity to design a personal study plan. You choose from around 50 courses at an advanced level in biology. We have excellent facilities for laboratory work and conducting field experiments. Most courses are full-time studies and you usually take only one course at a time. The courses are typically teaching-intensive, with lectures, seminars, excursions as well as theoretical and practical exercises. You are expected to spend about 40 hours per week on studies, self-studies included. Normally you take two courses of 15 credits per semester, i.e. a total of 60 credits per year.
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In the Conservation Biology Master's programme, you will learn how to use modern ecology and genetics within management and restoration, as well as in the study of the loss of biological diversity. [+]
On the Master’s programme in Conservation Biology, you will learn how to use modern ecology and genetics within management and restoration, as well as in the study of the loss of biological diversity.
Special features of the programme:
• Global and regional aspects of biodiversity and restoration ecology
• Population ecology as a tool in practical conservation biology
• Analytical methods in conservation biology
• Close connections to research in an international environmentProgramme modules/courses
Compulsory courses: Population and Community Ecology, Conservation Biology, Biological Monitoring/Water Management and a Master’s degree project in Conservation Biology. Electives: Evolutionary Animal Ecology, Modelling Biological Systems, Processing and Analysis of Biological Data and Plant Evolution and Adaptation.... [-]
This Master’s programme Equatic Ecology specialises in the ecology of aquatic ecosystems, including both freshwater and marine systems, i.e. in the fields of Limnology and Marine Ecology, respectively. [+]
This Master’s programme specialises in the ecology of aquatic ecosystems, including both freshwater and marine systems, i.e. in the fields of Limnology and Marine Ecology, respectively. It provides an understanding of state-of-the-art theories and models of the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems and, further, their relation to watershed, effects of anthropogenic disturbances, management strategies and restoration techniques. Practical training in laboratory and field methodology is also emphasised.
Special features of the programme:
• Close collaboration with research groups on the most recent scientific approaches to current issues in both basic and applied science... [-]
In the Master’s programme in Animal Ecology, you will learn how to analyse and understand evolutionary processes at the level of genes, individuals and populations. We offer an excellent research environment. [+]
On the Master’s programme in Animal Ecology, you will learn how to analyse and understand evolutionary processes at the level of genes, individuals and populations. You will achieve skills in analysing and understanding how evolutionary and ecological processes form appearance, physiology and behaviour in animals. You will also learn how to analyse costs and benefits of different traits and how these are optimised to form reproductive and survival strategies. We offer an excellent research environment, particularly in topics such as animal migration, molecular ecology, life history trade-offs, disease resistance in natural populations and host-parasite interactions. You will use modern field and laboratory methods in studies of ecological and evolutionary issues applied to animals in basic research as well as applied conservation-related research. Special emphasis is on birds as model systems.... [-]