The University of Skövde offers a unique master’s programme with a focus on how we can manage our biological resources in a sustainable way.
The programme provides in-depth knowledge about the impact of our management of biological resources on ecosystems and biodiversity.
The master’s programme starts in the autumn semester. It is offered in one academic year (two semesters).
Constituent courses in the study programme
The programme begins by introducing advanced theories on the effects that managing and conserving biological resources have on ecosystems and biodiversity. You will study how fundamental ecological theories for the conservation and management of biological resources can be combined with applied knowledge about current conservation and management approaches for both aquatic and terrestrial populations.
You will also study a methodology course in bioscience and a practical course to develop practical skills within bioscience and provide connections to the employment market. An additional methodology course in multivariate analysis provides advanced knowledge about bioscience methods.
The programme concludes with an individual master’s degree project worth 22.5 credits. During your degree project, you will independently apply the knowledge you have gained to solve a relevant research problem in bioscience. The programme is closely linked to the research carried out by the program’s teaching staff. All teaching is conducted in English.
A master’s degree in bioscience brings opportunities to work at government agencies as well as other organizations and private consultancy companies. You can work with issues such as forestry, agriculture, fishing, hunting, and conservation.
Opportunities for further studies
A master’s degree prepares you for third-cycle (PhD) studies or other types of research at public-sector research laboratories.
Research within this field
Within the School of Bioscience, the Ecological Modeling research group (part of the Systems Biology Research Centre) carries out research that links to the program in various ways. Our research focuses on human impact and the use of ecosystem services, using mathematical tools, computer simulations and the analysis of ecological data/ecoinformatics to study how changes in ecological systems affect the survival and distribution of organisms, as well as how we can manage the planet’s biological resources in a sustainable way.
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To be eligible for the program a Bachelor's Degree (equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's Degree) with a major in bioscience (or equivalent) is required. Additionally, at least a 7.5 credits course in bioscience with a focus on ecology (or equivalent) is required, within or outside of the degree in bioscience.
A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS or TOEFL or the equivalent.