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Biology, Master's Programme

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1) Anyone can apply
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Programme

Do you want to work with global challenges such as climate change, management of natural resources and sustainable food production for a growing world population? If so, you should apply for the master program in biology! Our three strongly research-based profiles ecophysiology, evolutionary biology and conservation biology gives you not only tools and competence to compete on the job market, but are also an excellent preparation for graduate studies in biology.

Areas of employment

Biologists work in many different areas with diverse tasks depending on the profile of their biology education. Examples of employers outside the academy where former Biology students from the University of Gothenburg work are: county administrative boards, local councils, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Swedish Board of Agriculture, Science parks like Universeum as well as Astra Zeneca and other pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

Program description

The program gives you the opportunity for in-depth studies in one of the profiles ecophysiology, evolutionary biology or conservation biology. Each profile contains recommended courses (see list below), but you can also widen your studies by choosing other electable in-depth courses in biology or other suitable subjects.

Recommended courses

Each profile starts with one or two introductory courses that offer a broad introduction to the field at the advanced level.  A series of recommended core courses that constitutes deepening and progression within the profile during the first year follows. For the second year a 60 hp degree project is recommended, but it is also a possibility to do a 30 or 45 hp project in combinations with other courses.


Autumn period 1: ES2613 Global change - problem, analysis, measures , 7,5 hp and BIO408 An introduction to ecophysiology - plants and animals , 7,5 hp

Autumn period 2: BIO484 Comparative Physiology of Marine Animals including Applications for Aquaculture 15 hp

Spring period 1: BIO560 Animal ecophysiology from a climate perspective , 15 hp

Spring period 2: BIO506 Plant ecophysiology in a global change perspective , 15 hp

Evolutionary biology

Autumn period 1: BIO426 Evolutionary Ecology

Autumn period 2: BIO418 Conservation and the genetics of populations, 15 hp

Spring period 1: BIO210 Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, 15 hp or BIO209 Behavioral Biology, 15 hp

Spring period 2: BIO442 Evolutionary Genomics, 15 hp

Conservation biology

Autumn period 1: BIO499 Naturvård, förvaltning och skötsel, 15 hp (taught in swedish)

Autumn period 2: BIO418 Conservation and the genetics of populations, 15 hp

Spring period 1: ES2610 Tillämpad miljörätt, 15 hp (taught in swedish)

Spring period 2: BIO471 Kunskapsförmedling och kommunikation för naturvårdsbiologer, 15 hp (taught

 in swedish) or BIO566 Stream Ecology and Fish Conservation, 15 hp

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: University studies of at least three full years, equal to a Bachelor's degree in Science in Biology, Marine or Environmental Science, including at least 60 credits in biology including one in-depth course in biology of at least 15 credits. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 238 000 SEK
First payment: 59 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Peter Gulz, +46-31-786 2524/2526


Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences
Box 463
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Medicinaregatan 18

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