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Master programme in Animal Ecology

120 credits

During this master's programme You will learn how to analyse and understand evolutionary processes at the levels of genes, individuals and populations. You 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. Your teachers will be active researchers, many world-leading within their fields, including animal migration, molecular ecology, life history trade-offs, disease resistance in natural populations and host-parasite interactions.

The programme comprises two years of full-time studies (120 credits), with at least 90 credits at advanced level in biology. Teaching is carried out in the form of courses, primarily in modules worth 15 credits and a degree project for one or two semesters.

Recommended course of study

The majority of the links below lead to Lund University's education pages.

Year 1


Population and Community Ecology, 15 credits (BIOR69)
Evolutionary Animal Ecology, 15 credits (BIOR81)


Molecular Ecology and Evolution, 15 credits (BIOR25) or Conservation Biology, 15 credits (BIOR83)
Ornithology, 15 credits (BIOR51) or optional course.

Year 2


Sensory Biology, 15 credits (BIOR20) or
Processing and- Analysis of Biological Data, 7,5 credits (BIOS14) and Modelling Biological Systems, 7,5 credits (BIOS13)


Master's degree project

Degree requirements

Courses corresponding to 120 credits, of which should encompass:

Degree title

Master of Science (Two Years)
Major: Biology with specialisation in Animal Ecology

Prerequisites and application at Lund University central education web pages.

Lotta Persmark

Study advisor biology and bioinformatics

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se