Biology, Animal Ecology - Master Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
This Master’s programme is aimed at students with a special interest in animals and their ecology, evolution, behaviour and functional adaptations. The programme provides a very good foundation for doctoral studies as well as for professions outside of academia.
The Animal Ecology Master’s programme has strong ties with research. The Department of Biology has several research teams active at the highest international level, and the programme’s content is continuously adapted based on current research results. All of the teaching staff are researchers – many of them world-leading in their fields. Their fields include animal migration, sensory biology, evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology and molecular ecology.
The programme provides knowledge on how ecological and evolutionary processes affect animals’ appearance, physiology and behaviour. You will learn to analyse and understand ecological and evolutionary processes at gene, individual and population levels. During the programme you will also obtain practical experience in designing and conducting field and laboratory experiments using current methods. Excursions and field projects are included in most of the courses. Field instruction is an important part of the programme and is provided at no cost to the student.
You will also learn to handle statistics and analyse and interpret biological data. You will practice both oral and written presentations and obtain ample experience in working in groups. The courses have a high proportion of scheduled lessons, and the interaction with teaching staff and course assistants is relaxed. Teaching takes place on modern premises and in laboratories with advanced equipment. The language of instruction is English.
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. During the first semester you will study population and community ecology and then animal ecology. During the spring semester you can decide to specialise in molecular ecology and evolution or conservation biology. At the end of the spring semester you can study ornithology, do a project or start your degree project.
The third semester offers an opportunity to take courses in evolutionary biology, sensory biology or modelling and advanced statistics. 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.
If you are passionate about research, there are good opportunities to continue your studies at a higher education institution. Just over half of the students in our Animal Ecology Master’s programme continue to doctoral studies at a university in Sweden or in another country in Europe or beyond. You can work in professions outside of academia in nature conservation, ecology and environmental management as a consultant or within the public sector as a municipal ecologist, for example.
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Note that all supporting documents and the application fee (if applicable) are due by 1 February!
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Department of Biology, Study advisor
Phone: +46 46 222 37 28
Email: lotta [dot] persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Specialisation: Animal Ecology
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, ecology 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.
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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
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.
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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.