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Biology, Plant Science - Master Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

Hands holding a small plant in a lab environment with pink light


This Master’s programme is aimed at students with a special interest in plants and their function, ecology, evolution and significance for biodiversity. Studies can focus on plant ecology or plant biotechnology. The programme provides a very good foundation for doctoral studies as well as for professions outside of academia.

This programme will not be offered in 2024.

During the programme you will learn how plants and their organs, cells and genomes are structured and work together. You will study the evolutionary drivers that lead to new plant species, the mechanisms that affect plant distribution and the ecological processes which influence species diversity in plant communities. You will also obtain knowledge on plant interaction with other organisms and on how plants adapt to environmental changes.

You will gain experience in modern field and laboratory methods. The programme provides you with specialised knowledge on experimental design and statistics, as well as training in analysing and interpreting biological data. You will learn to analyse and understand evolutionary processes at gene, individual and population levels. Field instruction is an important part of the programme in many of the courses, which means extensive opportunities for excursions and field projects. These are provided at no cost to the student. You will also have the chance to enhance your knowledge in inventory methods. You can select a molecular specialisation with courses in bioinformatics and molecular genetics. Teaching takes place on modern premises and in laboratories with advanced equipment.

The courses have a high proportion of scheduled lessons, and the interaction with teaching staff and course assistants is relaxed. You will practice both oral and written presentations and obtain ample experience in working in groups. The programme has strong ties with research. All of the teaching staff are researchers, and as a result the programme is 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 (some of the elective courses are given in Swedish).

Programme structure

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, soil and plant ecology or methods in molecular biology. A course on plant function follows. During the spring semester you will study molecular ecology and evolution, genetic analysis or conservation biology as well as a course on plant evolution and adaptation. During the summer you will have the opportunity to take a course in floristics (in Swedish), and you can start your degree project.

For the second year you will select courses based on interest and do your degree project. Your 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.

Career prospects

If you are passionate about research, there are good opportunities to continue your studies at a higher education institution. The programme provides a good foundation for doctoral studies within plant physiology, plant ecology, plant molecular biology and evolutionary biology. After graduation, if you have specialised in plant ecology, 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. Among other things, your work duties could include environmental monitoring in the form of taking species inventory, field sample collection and doing evaluations, offering advice, as well as assessing and implementing biodiversity measures. The knowledge you obtain is also needed in silviculture and agriculture. If your Master’s studies have instead focussed on genetics and plant physiology, you could work at a biotech or plant breeding company, for example.

Closed for applications

Application opportunities


Department of Biology, Study advisor

Lotta Persmark

Phone: +46 46 222 37 28

Email: lotta [dot] persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Specialisation: Plant Science

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 and botany, or the equivalent. 


Bachelor’s degree of at least 180 credits, of which 90 credits must be in science, including 30 credits in chemistry and 45 credits in biology comprising cell biology, genetics, microbiology and molecular biology, or the equivalent. 

Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.

Selection criteria

Based on grades awarded for previous academic courses, as well as a statement of purpose for the application and qualifications from research/work of relevance to the study programme (from the applicant’s “Summary sheet”).

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

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:

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Start Autumn Semester 2023

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

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.

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 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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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a 'Summary Sheet' when you apply for this programme.

Summary Sheet for the Master's programmes in Biology (PDF, new window)

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 310 000

First payment: SEK 77 500

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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

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