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Access and Benefit-sharing of Genetic Resources

Course · 15 credits


Please note that the course contains two mandatory meetings in the form of seminars that are conducted digitally. The course does not require attendance in Lund, but active participation in all mandatory elements is required in order to complete and complete the course.

General information 

The course is a course on advanced level designed around the framework for Access and Benefit-Sharing of Genetic Resources, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol. The course focuses on the specialized ABS-instruments at an international level. Gives students sufficient understanding of the similarities and differences between the various legal instruments and an understanding of their scope and application.

Course content

The course is divided into seven (7) modules, these are designed as follows. For each module there is a mandatory quiz at the end with multiple choice questions. All lectures are pre-recorded and available on the learning platform Blackboard.

Module 1 

Lays the foundation for the student's learning before the next modules. The basics of the field of law are introduced through lectures on the history of the field of law, where the development of the legal field is presented. 

Module 2 

Covers and provides the basis for the ABS-system and the conventions in the field of law. Furthermore, biological diversity and ecosystems are treated as concepts and their importance for the legal field as well as for humans. Gives students an understanding of the history surrounding the use of biological resources and its importance throughout the ages.

Module 3 

Introduces and discusses the Nagoya Protocol and its purpose, scope and terminology. The module first gives you an overview and then specific knowledge about the interpretation and application of the regulations.

Module 4

Addresses the concepts and perspectives of "providers" and "users" within the ABS-framework. The module explains important concepts in the field of law. Contains the first mandatory seminar with active participation, students are expected to submit a short reflection after the seminar.

Module 5 

Covers the practical aspects of the ABS-system. Gives the students an understanding of what should be included in the regulations, as well as what the purpose of the regulations is. Focuses on the Nagoya Protocol.

Module 6

Treats "Digital Sequence Information" (DSI) and gives students an idea of ​​its meaning and use in practice. Furthermore, students gain an understanding of current discussions within the subject. The course's second mandatory seminar with active participation, which enable the students to gain deeper knowledge of DSI and the current debate.

Module 7

The last module of the course contains the Plant Treaty (ITPGRFA) and its connection to the other conventions that have been covered throughout the course. The students gain an understanding of the multilateral and bilateral system within Access and Benefit-Sharing.

Course overview 


In each module there are a number of digital lectures that you can watch via the course webpage, at your convenience.


In each module there are self-correcting tests with multiple-choice questions that help you do a quick knowledge test on your own.


The course includes two mandatory seminars and an essay. Seminars take place during the summer of 2023 digitally, but active participation is mandatory to complete the course and receive a final grade.


The course includes mandatory written submissions.


The final grade is based on an weighted assessment of the student's ability to write an essay and performance and participation in the mandatory seminars


Closed for applications

Application opportunities


Department of Law

Visiting address
Lilla Gråbrödersgatan 4-6, Lund

Postal address
Box 207, 221 00 Lund

+46 46 222 10 00

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

At least 150 ECTS credits awarded within the Professional Law Degree Programme. 

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: ECTS (HPAV): 100 %.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

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Country-specific requirements

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Start Summer Semester 2024

Mixed-time Lund, full time 100%

In English, distance learning

No mandatory meetings

Study period

3 June 2024 - 11 August 2024


You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 32 500

First payment: SEK 32 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations