Knowledge in water ecosystems is getting increasingly important on a planet that is constantly changing. Lund University offers a master programme that gives you a broad insight into both marine ecology and freshwater ecology (limnology), which increases your chances of getting your dream job after completing the education.
This Master's programme provides knowledge on current theories and models of aquatic ecosystems, the relation between watershed, atmosphere, lakes and streams, interactions between humankind and aquatic ecosystems, and water management. Practical training in laboratory and field methodology is also emphasized. Some of the courses contain week-long excursions where practical field studies are made; from hypotheses and preparations, via sampling, analyzing samples and data, and finally writing a report and perform an oral presentation.
Special features of the programme:
- Close collaboration with research groups on state-of-the-art scientific approaches to current environmental issues within aquatic ecology, including climate change
- Derivation of guidelines for sustainable fisheries management
- Hands-on laboratory training and risk assessment in ecotoxicological issues in aquatic environments
- Designing restoration projects in aquatic watersheds.
After graduation many students find employment within the water management sector, e.g. as ecologists in municipal or county councils or in consulting agencies. In these positions your assignments could include environmental monitoring, consulting on matters concerning water and assessment of measures that may affect the water environment. The programme also provides a solid grounding that prepares you for post graduate studies.
More information can be found at https://www.biology.lu.se/education/masters-degree-programmes/master-programme-aquatic-ecology