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Master's Programme in Ecology

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Spring Term 2018

The Master’s programme in Ecology gives you a deeper knowledge of how fishing, forestry, river regulations, pollution and climate changes affect biodiversity and ecosystem function in forests, lakes, mountains and sea. You learn how to identify and characterize ecological problems, plan and execute research and analysis. The programme has a special profile in nature conservation.

While studying

As a master student in ecology in Umeå, you will develop your skills for individual integration and application of knowledge, and the ability to handle complex phenomena, problems and situations, as a preparation for research practice or other jobs that have high demands of self dependence.
For the first course you can choose between Forest Ecology or Aquatic Ecosystems Ecology and Aquatic Ecosystems. You will also study Ecological Dynamics and Analyses of Field Data. The programme has a special profile in nature conservation, which includes courses in the field of environmental science focusing on relevant legislation, management of different habitats and species, which could be important in dealing with nature conservation issues in authorities and companies.

Close proximity to research

The education is closely linked to the research conducted at the department of Ecology and Environmental Science. Most of the practical exercises have their focus on northern ecosystems. The education received the highest ratings in the latest evalution by the Swedish Higher Education Authority.

Choose your thesis project

In addition to the above mentioned courses, you will choose between a number of different ecological courses at the advanced level and up to 30 ECTS in other subjects. For example, in earth science, nature geography and environmental health protection.  There are also courses in geographical information systems and geoecology. You can also choose to take a project course of 7,5 or 15 ECTS in close proximity to a research group or other functions outside the university.

A mix of theory and practise

The programme combines theoretical studies of ecology with practical work. Lectures are mixed with group work, laboratory work, seminars, excursions and independent project work, including planning of field and laboratory exercises. During the second year you will complete your thesis comprising of 30, 45 or 60 ECTS.

Develop critical and independent thinking

The programme gives you the skills to identify and characterize ecological problems, plan and execute investigations and determine and study biological material. You will also learn how to analyze data statistically and how to present and interpret the results in a report. The programme provides understanding of the advanced ecological theory necessary to execute and evaluate both research and nature preservation measures.

Programme overview

Career opportunities

The Master's programme in Ecology gives you knowledge and skills for advanced work in governments, companies and is an excellent base for PhD studies. The profile in nature conservation provides especially good competence for future work with nature and environmental issues in authorities and companies.

Further studies?

Following your Master's degree you can take further courses on advanced level or enter PhD studies.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Ecology, 120 hp

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Spring Term 2018

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Number of places

20

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university with a major in Biology, including at least 90 ECTS-credits in Biology, of which 30 credits in Ecology. If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester (for more information, see http://www.umu.se/english/education/master/eligibility). 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). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-05003

Application

Application deadline was 16 October 2017. 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

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK67,500

Total fee

SEK270,000

International admission round

Programme starts

Spring Term 2018

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Number of places

20

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university with a major in Biology, including at least 90 ECTS-credits in Biology, of which 30 credits in Ecology. If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester (for more information, see http://www.umu.se/english/education/master/eligibility). 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). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-M5003

Application

Application deadline was 15 August 2017. The application period is closed.

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

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK67,500

Total fee

SEK270,000

Contact us

Contactpersons for the programme are: Johan Olofsson, Programme Co-ordinator

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology