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Biology, Master's Programme, 120 hec

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.

Biology at the University of Gothenburg is among the most popular undergraduate programs in Sweden and has been rated as “Very high quality” by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. Teachers and tutors on the program all participate in highly prolific research with strong international networks in the different profile areas. This provides a strong link between research and teaching.

The profile Ecophysiology provides in-depth knowledge of how plants and animals physiologically adapt and respond to various external factors such as global environmental changes. The profile Evolutionary biology provides in-depth insights into the evolution of living organism at the micro and macro level with implications for biodiversity and conservation. The profile Conservation Biology conveys the knowledge of how biologically valuable habitats arise, why they change and how they best can be managed.

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. Conservation- and evolutionary biologists work with environment and conservation questions in companies, local councils and government agencies or as self-employed consultants. Biologists with a physiological or cell biological profile often work with research in biotech companies, hospital labs or government agencies. Many biologists also work in research and education at universities and university colleges.

It is common with jobs that require international collaboration, therefor it is a valuable qualification to spend part of your studies abroad. In Biology, at the University of Gothenburg, you have good chances for exchange studies. We have over 100 contracts under the Erasmus and other exchange programs with universities and colleges around the world. If you are considering a semester or two in for instance Barcelona, Cardiff, Australia, or Canada, this is a good program to choose.

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. 

The master program closes with a degree  project on the advanced level. The project is performed either in a research group or externally in for example a government agency or a company. The degree  project can also be placed at another university in Sweden or abroad.

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

or BIO350 Plant physiology in a dynamic environment 15 hp

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

Evolutionary biology

HT period 1: BIO425 Advanced Course in Ecology, 15 hp (will change name to BIO426 Evolutionary Ecology)

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

VT period 1: BIO210 Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics, 15 hp

VT period 2: BIO508 Phylogeny for Evolutionary Biologists, 15 hp

Conservation biology

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

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

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

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

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

Degree: Masters degree in biology

The masters’ program in biology is a program at the advanced level and is intended as a continuation of Bachelor of science (180 hp). A total of 120 hp of which at least t 90 hp on the advanced level is required for the degree. Furthermore, at least 75 hp in the subject biology is required. Of the required 75 hp in biology 60, 45 or 30 hp should be in the form of a degree project which must be on the advanced level. At most 30 hp of courses at the basic level can be included in the degree.

Entrance requirements and application

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

Biology, Master's Programme, 120 hec
Start Full/part time Apply
Autumn 2018 Day, 100 % Late Application
CITY: Göteborg
For certain education alternatives it is possible to make a late application after the final application date. Applicants who make a late application will be ranked according to the date when the application is received, if they and will be accepted if they fulfill the requirements and if there are free places.
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 230 000 SEK
First payment 57 500 SEK
Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Autumn 2018 Day, 100 % Opens 15 Mar
CITY: Göteborg
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 230 000 SEK
First payment 57 500 SEK
Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Application deadlines for the autumn semester

15 January

  • The admission round that opens 1 December and closes 15 January, is open and recommended for all international students.

15 april

  • Some programmes are available in the admission round that opens 15 March and closes 15 April. This admission round is only open for students that are not in need of a resident permit before they come to Sweden (mainly EU/EEA citizents).

How to apply

Study Guidance

Do you have any questions regarding this programme? Please contact our study advisors

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