MSc in Aquatic Ecology

General information

The Master of Science in aquatic ecology is a programme at the advanced level, equivalent to 120 higher education credits. The programme is international, multidisciplinary and oriented towards current topics in aquatic microbiology, marine ecology and environmental policies.

During the first year, students are introduced to the latest research in the field of aquatic ecology/marine ecology and will deepen their knowledge of marine microbiology, advanced systematics, and resources and ecology of marine waters. The function and evolution of different aquatic systems ranging from polar to tropical and from coastal to deep ecosystems are discussed in the light of the newest molecular advances in the field. Students are also introduced to simulation modelling and ecological applications that can offer solutions to complex management problems of water resources, including freshwater resources.

The second year is focused on a research project including a written thesis (30-60 higher education credits) with an appropriate advisor. The Masters thesis is carried out in fields related to research interests at the Marine Science Centre at Linnaeus University, including practicals giving the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge.

Fields of interest: Limnology, Microbiology, Ecology, Aquatic ecology, Environmental protection, Marine Biology, Natural Sciences


The programme is designed to prepare professionals interested in the field of aquatic ecology and sustainable environmental strategies for future careers as researchers, educators, decision makers and consultants.

Contact Person: Catherine Legrand (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0312 - Policy and governance", "0521 - Ecology", "0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography


Venue: Linnaeus University
Kalmar, Sweden

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
391 82 Kalmar
351 95 Växjö



Tuition fee first semester: SEK 65.000
Tuition fee whole programme: SEK 260.000
Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Tuition fee information


General entry requirements for second-cycle studies and specific entry requirements:

  • 90 credits in Biology/Ecology/Microbiology, including an independent project/degree project worth at least 15 credits or the equivalent.
  • English B/6 or equivalent.

Application Procedure:

All applications for courses and programmes at undergraduate and master´s level at Linnaeus University are made online through (by clicking on the "apply" button). The application should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, diplomas and references.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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