Biology, General - Master Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Are you interested in creating your own unique education in biology? This Master’s programme gives you the opportunity to design your degree based on our broad offering of second cycle biology courses. The programme is also part of the Nordic Master's Programme in Biodiversity and Systematics (NABIS).
You will design your personal study route together with the study advisor. Choose from around 30 second cycle courses in Biology. Teaching takes place on modern premises and in laboratories with advanced equipment. Field instruction is an important part of the programme in many of the courses. Depending on your selection of courses, there are extensive opportunities for excursions and field projects. These are provided at no cost to the student. You will obtain specialised knowledge on experimental design and statistics, as well as training in analysing and interpreting biological data. You will practice both oral and written presentations and obtain ample experience in working in groups.
The Master’s programme has a high proportion of scheduled lessons, and the interaction with teaching staff and course assistants is relaxed. The programme has strong ties with research. All of the teaching staff are researchers, and as a result the courses are continuously adapted based on current research. The Department of Biology has several world-leading research teams and conducts both basic research and applied research. The language of instruction is English (a few of the elective courses are given in Swedish).
If you are interested in the Nordic Master's Programme in Biodiversity and Systematics (NABIS) you can apply to our Biology, General Master’s Programme. The NABIS courses are web-based and are partly located at different research stations in Sweden and Norway.
Our Biology, General Master’s Programme could begin with a course in either population and community ecology, neurobiology or immunology. Therafter you choose elective courses, based on your interests and plans follow. During the second year you will continue to build your expertise based on your own wishes. Within ecology, you can choose for example, conservation biology, animal ecology, ecotoxicology, biological environmental monitoring or species knowledge (the last-mentioned course is given in Swedish). Within physiology, you can for example focus on sensory biology and neurobiology. Please note that some courses have other prerequisites than those of the programme, and require previous studies in biochemistry and molecular biology.
The degree project is worth 30, 45 or 60 credits and is generally conducted in a research team, but it can also be conducted in cooperation with a public authority or a company. The Master’s programme offers the option of doing an internship, which can provide valuable contacts.
The Master’s programme gives you a good foundation for third cycle studies in biology, but you can also choose a career path outside academia. Our Master’s programme leaves you well-equipped to work with biology-related issues within both public administration and the private sector. As a biologist, you can work with nature conservation and environmental management at a municipal or county level or work as a consultant taking inventory of plants and animals, for example. You can also conduct investigations in the public sector or work in a genetics, microbiology or plant breeding laboratory.
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There is a preparation programme available for this Master's degree
Department of Biology, Study advisor
Phone: +46 46 222 37 28
Email: lotta [dot] persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Bachelor’s degree of at least 180 credits, of which 90 credits must be in science, including 15 credits in chemistry, 5 credits in statistics and 60 credits in biology comprising cell biology, genetics, microbiology, ecology, botany and zoology, or the equivalent.
Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.
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.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
Start Autumn Semester 2023
Day-time Lund, full time 100%
28 August 2023 - 8 June 2025
Closed for applications
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.
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.
Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
- 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
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (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.
* Svensk student?
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In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a 'Summary Sheet' when you apply for this programme.
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 310 000
First payment: SEK 77 500
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.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
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.
- Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Convert currency – xe.com
*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.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
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.