Master's degree programmes

Programme 120 credits | 2 years | Master's degree

In a master programme you study for two years full-time. To be able to apply to a master programme you must have a bachelor's degree.

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At the Department of Biology, we offer master's degrees in bioinformatics, biology, and molecular biology with various specialisations. In all of our programmes, you learn to seek information, manage data, scientific writing, and presentation techniques.

In most courses that are part of our master's programme, the language of instruction is English.

Master's programme in bioinformatics

Are you interested in biology and medicine and like to work with computers? Then a master's in bioinformatics is the right choice for you. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field in the borderland between biology, computer science, physics, and medicine. These are subjects that often create big data.

At the bioinformatics programme you will learn to analyse these data and to code your own software for data analyses. During this two-year programme, you will also learn how to search for information, handle data, write scientifically, and presentation methods.

How to apply and prerequisites on Lund University's central course web pages.

Master's programme in biology

The master programme in animal ecology focuses on evolutionary processes at the level of genes, individuals, and populations. You will learn how to analyse and understand how evolutionary and ecological processes form appearance, physiology, and behaviour in animals. 

You will use modern field and laboratory methods in studies of ecological and evolutionary issues applied to animals in basic research, as well as applied conservation-related research. Special emphasis is on birds as model systems.

You find information about how to apply to the master programme in animal ecology at Lund University’s central education web pages.

Which mechanisms are behind the ecosystems in lakes and seas? How is our water quality affected by different agents and scenarios? These are some of the questions you learn to answer if you chose to study the master programme in aquatic ecology.

We will discuss the connections between organisms and populations in aquatic food webs. You will do chemical analyses, sample with different methods, and learn key species among invertebrates, algae, underwater plants, and fish. We will also look into how humankind affects aquatic systems by overfertilization, acidification, climate change, and how you can make action plans.

You find information about how to apply to the master programme in aquatic ecology at Lund University’s central education web pages.

Why are some species threatened and how can we save them from extinction? These are important questions on the master programme in conservation biology. We combine theoretical and practical aspects and look at both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Among our eligible courses, you find courses in both biological monitoring and water management.

You find information about how to apply to the master programme in aquatic ecology at Lund University’s central education web pages.

If you want to design your own study plan the general master programme in biology is for you. You can choose between around 30 courses in biology and other subjects. Together with our study advisor, you will create an individual course of study. You may concentrate on physiology or ecology depending on which course you choose.

You find information about how to apply to the general master programme in biology at Lund University’s central education web pages.

If you are interested in plants, their function, ecology, and biodiversity, this is a master programme for you. You will also learn about plant breeding and plants in biotech companies.

You will come to understand how the plant and its organs, cells, and genomes function together and the way in which mating systems and population structure influence gene flow and genetic diversity in plants. You will find out about how plants adapt to environmental change and interact with other organisms.

You may direct your studies towards systematics, conservation biology, bioinformatics or plant breeding.

You find information about how to apply to the master programme in plant science at Lund University’s central education web pages.

Master's programme in molecular biology

The general master programme in molecular biology is an interdisciplinary education where you create your own study plan. You can choose among a broad range of courses in molecular biology, biomedicine, and chemistry. Together with our study advisor, you will create an individual course of study. 

You find information about how to apply to the general master programme in molecular biology at Lund University’s central education web pages.

The master programme in medical biology will give you both theoretical and practical knowledge about pharmacology, immunology, toxicology, nutrition physiology, cell and tissue cultures, and microbiology. These are fields that are important to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. You will also learn how to create diagnostic tests, quality control, and functional food.

You find information about how to apply to the master programme in medical biology at Lund University’s central education web pages.

If you choose to study the master programme in microbiology you will learn how to use microbes as model organisms to understand the function and evolution of cellular processes. You will also learn more about the importance of microbes to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and food industry. We integrate experimentally and applied microbiology. 

You find information about how to apply to the master programme in microbiology at Lund University’s central education web pages.

In this master programme you will focus on molecular genetics and learn about how information in genes is expressed and how it can give rise to different traits in an organism. You will also learn more about how genetic mechanisms are the source of diseases, and how to map and diagnose these mechanisms.

You find information about how to apply to the master programme in molecular genetics and biotechnology at Lund University’s central education web pages.