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Arctic Ecosystems

  • Number of credits 15 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2024

About the course

The course provides extended knowledge of processes across arctic and subarctic terrestrial ecosystems. It provides understanding of how ecosystem processes are regulated by abiotic and biotic factors, such as nutrient availability, the arctic climate and plant-soil-organism interactions. Particular focus will be on potential impacts of changes in climate on ecosystem processes and on feedback mechanisms from arctic ecosystems to the climate system. The course provides an overview of how controls and impacts on ecosystem processes depend on temporal and spatial scales. Being in and experiencing the arctic environment and its ecosystems is an essential part of the course, and excursions to various ecosystems are included. The course is given by researchers at the Climate Impacts Research Centre in Abisko and has a strong connection to on-going research.

Module 1. Theoretical part, 7.5 ECTS credits. This part consists of lectures, seminars and excursions to provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of ecological processes in arctic and subarctic terrestrial environments. Ecological questions are approached from the process through the landscape level and over different time-scales. The impacts of climate change on arctic and subarctic ecosystems and their potential feedbacks are discussed.

Module 2. Project work, 7.5 ECTS credits. This part consists of an extended experimental study of abiotic and biotic processes in an arctic-subarctic terrestrial ecosystem to provide hands-on experience in arctic ecological research. The study is part of long-term field experiments and will be conducted in small groups and consist of a full scientific research cycle, including hypotheses testing based on published literature, planning, field work, analysis of data, and report writing. The hypotheses will be tested and the results will be presented as a written scientific report and at a seminar.

Practical information: Student housing will be available for course participants at the Abisko Scientific Research Station.

Application and eligibility

Arctic Ecosystems, 15 credits

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2024 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


2 September 2024


31 October 2024

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 100%

Required Knowledge

120 ECTS credits including 60 ECTS in Biology of which 15 ECTS in Ecology or 60 ECTS earth science/physical geography and 15 ECTS in biology, or equivalent knowledge.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.
Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Entry requirements


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Application deadline was 15 April 2024. Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at Universityadmissions.se.

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 35,700

Total fee

SEK 35,700

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Contactperson for the course is:
Ellen Dorrepaal