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.
The program will enable students to develop an understanding of theories and practical issues, and critical thinking skills that form the foundation upon which the scientific process rests. Students are given opportunities to improve their ability to consume, understand, evaluate, and communicate research. This helps students prepare for doctorate training and future scientific career. Knowledge and understanding of topics covered in the program is also a key to developing and implementing successful solutions to problems in applied areas of animal and human health, such as in management, planning, and conservation.
The second year is focused on a research project including a written thesis (30-60 higher education credits) with an appropriate advisor. The Master’s thesis is carried out in fields related to research interests at the Linnaeus University Center for “Ecology and Evolution of Microbial model Systems, EEMiS”, including practicals giving the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge.”
General entry requirements for second-cycle studies and specific entry requirements:
- 90 higher education credits Biology/Ecology/Microbiology including an independent project/degree project worth at least 15 higher education credits, or equivalent.
- English B/6 or equivalent
Alternative selection: The selection of students who have applied is based on academic excellence and individual assessment.
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The program is designed to prepare professionals interested in the field of disease ecology and related disciplines for future careers as researchers, educators, decision-makers, and consultants.
Master of Science (120 credits) with a specialization in Disease Ecology.
The main field of study: Biology.
About the School
Linnaeus University is a modern, international university named after Carl Linnaeus – a world-renowned Swedish scientist who was born in the Småland region where the university is located.