Biology, Conservation Biology - Master Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Are you passionate about saving nature and combating the loss of species? There is a growing need for experts on nature conservation and biodiversity. Our Master’s programme gives you solid biological expertise, enabling you to work with both entire ecosystems and the survival of individual species.
This Master’s programme provides you with both global and regional perspectives on problems related to reduced biodiversity. You will learn about issues in conservation biology related to why certain species are threatened and how they can be saved from extinction, as well as gain understanding for how ecosystem functions and ecosystem services are related to biodiversity. You will learn how to use modern population ecology and genetics, in addition to various analytical methods within conservation biology. You will obtain concrete tools for managing and recreating natural ecosystems and for mapping the loss of species variety.
Excursions and field projects are included in many of the courses. Field instruction is an important part of the programme and is provided at no cost to the student. Elective courses allow you to specialise in tracheophytes, mosses, larvae, fungi, birds or insects (some of these courses are given in Swedish. The programme also provides you with 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. Teaching takes place on modern premises and in laboratories with advanced equipment.
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 in, for example, conservation biology and ecosystem services. The language of instruction is English, apart from individual elective courses on species knowledge.
The programme has a recommended study route, but you can also make a personal study plan after consultation with the study advisor and programme coordinator. You will initially take a course on population and community ecology, which also includes statistics and experimental design. Thereafter you can select courses on modelling and advanced statistics or animal ecology, for example. During the spring semester you will attend a compulsory course on specialised theory and modelling within nature conservation and conservation biology. You will also study more applied aspects of nature conservation during a course on either biological monitoring or water management.
During the programme you can also take courses on geographic information systems (GIS) or species identification, for example. 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.
After graduation, you can work in nature conservation in both the public and private sectors, for example as a municipal ecologist, at county councils or as a consultant. The knowledge you obtain is also needed in silviculture and agriculture. Among other things, your work duties could include environmental monitoring, taking species inventory, field sample collection, offering advice as well as assessing and implementing biodiversity measures. If you are interested in research within conservation biology, there are good opportunities to continue your studies at a higher education institution.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
This programme is open for applications from 16 October to 15 January.
Department of Biology, Study advisor
Phone: +46 46 222 37 28
Email: lotta [dot] persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Specialisations: Conservation Biology
Bachelor’s degree of at least 180 credits, of which 90 credits must be in science, including 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:
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 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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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 340 000
First payment: SEK 85 000
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.