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Master programme in Aquatic Ecology

120 credit

This master’s programme is focussed on current theories and models of aquatic ecosystems. You will study the relationships between watershed, atmosphere, lakes and streams, human impact on aquatic ecosystems, as well as restoration and sustainability. During this programme, you will receive extensive practical training in state-of-the-art aquatic methodology. You will learn how to perform aquatic projects, including everything from stating hypotheses to sampling, data analyses and finally how to write and present a scientific report. Your teachers are active researchers and you study in close association with an international research environment.

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


Limnology and Marine Ecology – Concepts and Processes, 15 credits (BIOR86)
Limnology and Marine Ecology – Organism and Habitats, 15 credits (BIOR87)


Aquatic Ecology, 15 credits (BIOR82)
Water Management, 15 credits (BIOR66)

Year 2


Geographical Information Systems, 15 credits (GISA21 or NGEA11)
Processing and- Analysis of Biological Data, 7,5 credits (BIOS14) and Modelling Biological Systems, 7,5 credits (BIOS13) or Ecotoxicology, 15 credits (BIOR41)


Master's degree project

You find completed master's degree projects in biology and molecular biology in LUP Student Papers.

Degree requirements

Courses corresponding to 120 credits, of which should encompass

Degree title

Master of Science (Two Years)
Major: Biology with specialization in Aquatic 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