Master of Science Degree in Natural Sciences in Sweden

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Natural Sciences

The MSc, or Master of Science, is a popular Master’s degree designation. Internationally recognized, the MSc is typically awarded after about five to six years of rigorous study in what is usually a science-based field.

The natural sciences deal with the understanding of natural phenomena through observations and predictions. The scientific method and the laws of nature may be covered. Natural science branches include areas such as physics and biology, and there are many more.

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 Master of Science Degrees in Natural Sciences in Sweden 2018/2019

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EMerald: Master in Resources Engineering (Innovative Education in Geometallurgy and Circular Economy)

EIT RawMaterials Academy EMerald
Campus 2 years Sweden Luleå

The EMerald Master programme was created to answer the urgent need expressed by the European Union to create a resource efficient Europe. As the EU recognised the importance of mineral and metal resources in our modern economy, it also realised that the raw materials industries were facing a critical skills shortage. The EMerald Master programme aims to train a new generation of engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset and a global vision of the value chain, putting the extraction of mineral and metal resources at the beginning of a circle which ends by collecting end-of-life products and recovering valuable materials out of the urban mines (circular economy). [+]

Awarded the EIT Label in 2016

The Challenge

The EMerald Master programme was created to answer the urgent need expressed by the European Union to create a resource efficient Europe. As the EU recognised the importance of mineral and metal resources in our modern economy, it also realised that the raw materials industries were facing a critical skills shortage.

The EMerald Master programme aims to train a new generation of engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset and a global vision of the value chain, putting the extraction of mineral and metal resources at the beginning of a circle which ends by collecting end-of-life products and recovering valuable materials out of the urban mines (circular economy). Therefore, the Master course will focus on two aspects:... [-]


Master of Science in Disease Ecology

Linnaeus University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Sweden Kalmar

The Master of Science in Disease ecology builds on the student's knowledge of ecology, evolution and molecular biology in order to explore and appreciate the role diseases play in wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. During the first year, students are introduced to multidisciplinary aspects of disease ecology, ranging from veterinary and human medicine to molecular biology and ecology, including current research topics in the subject field. Students are also introduced to how individuals, populations, and species are influenced by and cope with diseases in a temporally and spatially influenced environment, including how climate change and human activities drive the distribution and emergence of disease. [+]

Diseases play a fundamental role in the lives of all organisms, from the individual level up to the ecosystem level. Understanding the drivers of disease dynamics and the intricate interactions between hosts and parasites rely on a multidisciplinary approach combining molecular biology, ecology, and medicine.

The Master of Science in Disease ecology builds on the student's knowledge of ecology, evolution and molecular biology in order to explore and appreciate the role diseases play in wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. During the first year, students are introduced to multidisciplinary aspects of disease ecology, ranging from veterinary and human medicine to molecular biology and ecology, including current research topics in the subject field. Students are also introduced to how individuals, populations, and species are influenced by and cope with diseases in a temporally and spatially influenced environment, including how climate change and human activities drive the distribution and emergence of disease.... [-]


Master of Science in Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes

Linnaeus University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Kalmar

The Master of Science in the Evolutionary ecology of fishes is multidisciplinary and builds on the student's knowledge of ecology, evolution, and organism biology to explore and appreciate biological diversity among fishes. During the first year, students are introduced to traditional aspects of the biology of fishes such as systematics, taxonomy, and distribution, and to current research topics in fish ecology including life-history strategies, behavior, and evolutionary adaptations. Students are also introduced to how individuals, populations, and species are influenced by and cope with spatial and temporal changes in the environment, including climate change and human activities such as habitat modification and fishing. [+]

Fish exhibit greater species diversity than any other vertebrate group, can be found in nearly all aquatic environments, play important roles as food and predators in marine and freshwater ecosystems, and they are an important resource for humans worldwide.

The Master of Science in the Evolutionary ecology of fishes is multidisciplinary and builds on the student's knowledge of ecology, evolution and organism biology in order to explore and appreciate biological diversity among fishes. During the first year, students are introduced to traditional aspects of the biology of fishes such as systematics, taxonomy, and distribution, and to current research topics in fish ecology including life-history strategies, behavior, and evolutionary adaptations. Students are also introduced to how individuals, populations, and species are influenced by and cope with spatial and temporal changes in the environment, including climate change and human activities such as habitat modification and fishing.... [-]


Master of Science in Chemistry

Linnaeus University
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2019 Sweden Kalmar

A Master's Degree in Chemistry paves the way for a career in research or industry. We provide individually tailored degree programmes that include extensive experience working in research laboratories and with state-of-the-art equipment. Many previous graduates have been successful in competing for Ph.D. studentships at universities around the globe, and others have entered into successful careers in industry. [+]

This degree provides an excellent basis for those wishing to pursue Ph.D. studies, or for those aiming for work in the biotechnology, chemical, food or pharmaceutical industries. The degree program commences with a 10-week introductory course on research methodology, which is followed by four or five ten week blocks where you have the choice of studying subjects such as bioanalytical chemistry and food analysis, biophysical chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, biotechnology, environmental chemistry, and nanoscience. The degree program is completed with either a 30 or 20-week research project run within one of the research groups in Kalmar.

A Master's Degree in Chemistry paves the way for a career in research or industry. We provide individually tailored degree programmes that include extensive experience working in research laboratories and with state-of-the-art equipment. Many previous graduates have been successful in competing for Ph.D. studentships at universities around the globe, and others have entered into successful careers in industry.... [-]


Master of Science in Aquatic Ecology

Linnaeus University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Kalmar

The Master of Science in aquatic ecology is a programme at the advanced level, equivalent to 120 higher education credits. The programme is international, multidisciplinary and oriented towards current topics in aquatic microbiology, marine ecology, and environmental policies. [+]

Both the ocean and freshwater bodies cover more than 70% of the planet and over 40% of the human population lives in coastal areas. One of the challenges for future researchers and decision makers is to understand the functioning of the aquatic systems for a better management of water resources.

The Master of Science in aquatic ecology is a programme at the advanced level, equivalent to 120 higher education credits. The programme is international, multidisciplinary and oriented towards current topics in aquatic microbiology, marine ecology, and environmental policies

During the first year, students are introduced to the latest research in the field of aquatic ecology/marine ecology and will deepen their knowledge of marine microbiology, advanced systematics, and resources and ecology of marine waters. The function and evolution of different aquatic systems ranging from polar to tropical and from coastal to deep ecosystems are discussed in the light of the newest molecular advances in the field. Students are also introduced to simulation modeling and ecological applications that can offer solutions to complex management problems of water resources, including freshwater resources.... [-]


Master of Science in Physics

Linnaeus University
Campus Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Kalmar + 1 more

The Master's programme in physics is focused on modern physics and opens up the possibility for analytical work in the industry as well as postgraduate studies. [+]

The Master's programme in physics is focused on modern physics and opens up the possibility for analytical work in the industry as well as postgraduate studies.

The goal of physics as a science is to uncover as far as possible the very essence of nature. Research in physics has resulted in a number of fundamental laws and relationships that can be applied to many areas of science and technology.

During your studies, you will work closely with teachers and scientists involved in research projects. You will get a deeper knowledge and understanding of concepts and models in physics and will be able to initiate and conduct research independently. The programme is offered in English and is aimed at students from around the world. Since some of the courses are distance courses, you may study parts of the programme online.... [-]


MSc in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology

Linköping University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Linköping

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.... [-]


MSc in Physics, Theoretical Physics

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Lund

In this Master's programme, you can choose from studying the smallest constituents of matter and their interactions within theoretical high energy physics, as well as nuclear and solid state physics within mathematical physics. [+]

Programme overview

Do you want to understand the inner workings of nature from a theoretical viewpoint? At the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, together with the Department of Physics in Lund, we offer abroad programme covering a wide range of topics in theoretical and mathematical physics. You can choose from studying the smallest constituents of matter and their interactions within theoretical high energy physics, as well as nuclear and solid state physics within mathematical physics. In all cases, you will get a solid basis of theoretical knowledge needed to develop new models and to better understand how nature works.

As a Master’s student, you will become part of a vibrant research community engaged in cutting-edge theoretical studies. You begin your studies by taking a number of courses, some of them general, some more specialised and you have a lot of freedom to tailor your own studies. The programme concludes with a Master’s project within one of the research groups.... [-]


MSc in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Lund

Geo-information science and earth observation for environmental modelling and management is essential for development issues all round the world. Knowledge and skills in this field are crucial for industry, government and NGOs. [+]

Programme overview

*Note that this is a European Joint Master's Programme

Geo-information science and earth observation for environmental modelling and management is essential for development issues all round the world. Spatial data, such as maps and global databases, as well as satellite imagery, play a central role in the search for reliable environmental information for scenario studies and viable policies. Knowledge and skills in this field will therefore continue to be crucial for industry, government and NGOs. The programme runs for 22 months and is taught by world-class faculties in five countries: Iceland, the UK, Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands. While spending time in at least two of the five countries and studying in a multicultural environment, you will gain valuable insights into the academic, social and cultural diversity of Northern and Central Europe. On graduation you will receive a multiple MSc degree from the consortium universities. There is a great demand for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management (GEM) graduates in the international arena. A large number of the GEM graduates are accepted in PhD degree programmes. The programme has been running for 10 years and more than 120 students have graduated.... [-]


MSc in Biology, Conservation Biology

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Lund

In 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. [+]

Programme overview

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 atool in practical conservation biology •Analytical methods in conservation biology •Close connections to research in an international environment

Programme 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.... [-]


MSc in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Lund

This Master's programme enables you to gain first hand theoretical and practical skills in complex issues and technical systems within the area of environmental sciences, physical geography and climate change. [+]

Programme overview

This programme enables you to gain first hand theoretical and practical skills in complex issues and technical systems within the area of environmental sciences, physical geography and climate change. You will gain in-depth knowledge ofenvironmental and climate systems, global environmental issues and global cycling, climatology and climatic change, ecosystems analysis, biogeophysics and geomorphology.

Programme modules/courses

Courses and number of credits: Greenhouse Gases and Biogeochemical Cycles (15), Climate Change and its Impacts on the Environment (15), Ecosystem Modelling (15), Biosphere-atmosphere Interactions (15), Global Ecosystem Dynamics (15), Master’s degree thesis (30), electives (15).... [-]


MSc in Atmospheric Sciences and Biogeochemical Cycles

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Lund

This Master's programme is multidisciplinary and offers a versatile education in atmospheric sciences, taught by leading scientists within the field. You will gain knowledge of a broad range of topics. [+]

Programme overview

The programme is multidisciplinary and offers a versatile education in atmospheric sciences, taught by leading scientists within the field. It will provide you with in-depth understanding of general atmospheric science, biogeochemical cycles and processes in land-ecosystem-atmosphere interactions. You will gain knowledge of a broad range of topics within fields such as environmental physics, atmospheric chemistry, meteorology, physical geography and ecology. You will also learn how to use advanced computational and laboratory-based methods and gain experience in field measurements and operations.

There are 14 partner universities from different Nordic countries in the consortium responsible for the programme and the intention is that you select courses from several of them to tailor your profile within the programme. Students have the opportunity to apply for a dedicated scholarship to cover travel and living costs when attending courses at partner universities in other Nordic countries.... [-]


MSc in Physics, Biological Physics and Computational Biology

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Lund

This Master's programme in Biological Physics and Computational Biology combines a solid base of courses in theoretical and mathematical physics with courses in other subjects given at the relevant departments, such as physics, chemistry and biology. [+]

Programme overview

Why should a physicist study biology? As a matter of fact, they already have for quite some time. Many famous physicists, such as Richard Feynman, Wolfgang Pauli, Niels Bohr, Max Delbrück and Erwin Schrödinger, to name a few, had a deep interestin biological problems and some made substantial progress to specific fields such as molecular biology.

Biology is increasingly becoming a quantitative science and has a range of fundamentally unresolved problems at hand, e.g. how biomolecules adopt their specific shape, how they interact in cells and how cells divide and communicate. The methods of theoretical physics, among others statistical methods, modelling and simulation, can provide a powerful toolbox for approaching many of these problems.... [-]


MSc in Geographical Information Systems

Lund University
Online Full time Part time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Lund + 1 more

This is an Internet-based distance learning programme in which you learn how to analyse and model spatial phenomena, focusing on natural resources, using GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and remote sensing. [+]

Programme overview

This is an Internet-based distance learning programme in which you learn how to analyse and model spatial phenomena, focusing on natural resources, using GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and remote sensing. The aim is to offer you a flexible and comprehensive training in GIS, remote sensing and environmental modelling. All courses are provided over the Internet, including text, audio and video lectures, email contact, forums and Skype correspondence with specialised academic staff. You can adopt the learning methods that work best for you and choose your own pace of study for any given semester. The course offers hands-on training using up-to-date software and affords the opportunity to achieve deep theoretical understanding, as well as excellent technical skills, of e.g. GIS, remote sensing, spatial programming, SDI, database management, cartography and environmental modelling. The programme runs 22 months and is taught by world-class faculties in Sweden (Lund University) and the Netherlands (University of Twente). ... [-]


MSc in Astrophysics

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Lund

This two-year Master's programme offers you the opportunity to learn about the universe and apply your knowledge of physics in a vibrant and fast developing area of science. [+]

Program overview

This structured two-year programme offers you the opportunity to learn about the universe and apply your knowledge of physics in a vibrant and fast developing area of science.

The first semester is spent on core astronomy courses, including stellar structure and evolution and galactic dynamics. In the second semester, you will begin work on a 60 ECTS degree project under the supervision of internationally well-regarded professors, and this project continues over three semesters. You will also take four more courses broadening your knowledge of the most exciting areas of modern astrophysics such as exoplanets and the early universe.

Program modules/courses

Compulsory courses: Stellar Structure and Evolution, Dynamical Astronomy, Statistical Tools in Astrophysics, Planetary Systems, Extragalactic Astronomy. Electives: High Energy Astrophysics, Introduction to Astrophysics, Laboratory Astrophysics, Observational Techniques and Instrumentation, Computational Astrophysics, General Relativity, Fluid Mechanics, Radiative Transfer and Stellar Atmospheres.... [-]