The course provides in-depth knowledge of the abiotic and biological processes that regulate the structure and function of forest ecosystems, focusing on the boreal forest. The course contains two theory blocks, one focusing on biogeochemistry and one with focus on trophic interactions and disturbances as well as a field project where students plan and perform a scientific study to test an ecological hypothesis. The course also includes excursions to natural and managed forests and to research sites. The course is aimed at those who will work with nature conservation, sustainable land use, research, or as a teacher.
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 ecology, or equivalent knowledge.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section).
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.
The online application opens 15 March 2021 at 13:00 CET.
Application deadline is
15 April 2021.
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.