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Master programme in Conservation Biology

120 credits

The rapid decline of ecosystems results in a global loss of biodiversity and thus there is an increasing demand for people working with environmental management. On the master’s programme in conservation biology, you will learn how to use modern ecology and genetics within management and restoration, as well as in studies on the loss of biological diversity. You will gain insight into global and regional aspects of biodiversity and restoration ecology, how population ecology is used as a tool in conservation, and learn to master the analytical methods used in conservation biology. Your teachers are active researchers in conservation biology so you will study in close association with an expanding, international research environment.

The master's programme provides a foundation for continued higher studies as well as for a diverse range of other careers within the public sector, forestry, agriculture and consultancy.

Recommended course of study

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Degree requirements

Degree requirements

Courses corresponding to 120 credits, of which should encompass:

  • Compulsory Courses, 45 credits
    • Population and Community Ecology, 15 credits (BIOR69)
    • Conservation Biology BIOR83, 15 credits (BIOR81)
    • Biological Monitoring BIOR39 or Water management BIOR66,15 credits
  • Elective Courses, at least 15 credits
    • Biological Monitoring BIOR39 15 credits
    • Evolutionary Animal Ecology BIOR81 15 credits
    • Modelling Biological Systems BIOS13 7.5 credits
    • Plant Evolution and Adaptation BIOR77 15 credits
    • Processing and Analysis of Biological Data BIOS14 7.5 credits
    • Water Management BIOR66 15 credit
  • Optional Courses, 0-30 credits
  • Master´s degree project in biology, 30/45/60 credits

Degree title

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

Prerequisites and application at Lund University's education pages.

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Lotta Persmark

Study advisor biology and bioinformatics

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

Programme coordinator