MSc in Marine Biology

General information

The oceans comprise over 70% of the surface of the Earth. They contain a richness of environments from the arctic ice wastes, the archipelagos of the Baltic and the tidal plains along the coasts of Europe, to coral reefs and abysses, far deeper than Mount Everest is high. The oceans include inexpressible ocean expanses where most of the production of the oceans takes place, but which are nevertheless called “ocean deserts”. These many-faceted environments contain a rich plant and animal life that has adapted itself in different ways to the shifting conditions – there is an enormous diversity here. Oceans not only offer us rich and fascinating environments, they also offer us riches. Exploitation of the oceans takes many forms: healthy food is caught and farmed there, coastal areas are used for recreation, huge quantities of goods are transported across the oceans, and they are important receivers of waste. The resources are often used so intensively that the effects are frightening: eutrophication, over-fishing, toxic effects, and the loss of habitats. Knowledge of oceanic processes that, and of how we influence them, are two preconditions for a broad understanding of the environment of the Earth. The program consists of elective courses compulsory a degree project for 30-60 hp (1-2 terms). This work can be carried out at Stockholm University, at the university field stations on the Baltic (Askö) or west coast (Tjärnö), in collaboration with an authority, or connected to a project in the tropics. The programme is a suitable preparation for research education or for future work with issues of the aquatic environment at, for example, environmental authorities, county administrative boards, municipalities, industry, etc.


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

0831 - Fisheries", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0522 - Conservation and environmental management", "0521 - Ecology", "0511 - Biology


Venue: Stockholm University
Stockholm , Sweden

Department of Biology Education
Svante Arrheniusv. 20C,
SE-106 91 Stockholm 



Tuition fees only concern citizens outside the EU, EES and Switzerland
First instalment: 70000 SEK 
Total course/programme fee: 280000 SEK 

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Bachelor's degree in Biology including Ecology, floristics and faunistics 15 ECTS (BL2015) or equivalent. Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6, or equivalent.

Application Procedure:

There is no hard-copy application form, you can only apply electronically at All applicants must complete their application with the following:

  1. Statement of Purpose – where you explain why you have selected this programme, and what you have to offer the programme (max 250 words)
  2. Research Ideas – for your Master’s thesis (max 250 words).

Send them to Jessica Slove Davidson by email. Letters of recommendation are neither required nor desired. Send your university transcripts and English proficiency test to: University Studies in Sweden, FE1, SE-833 83 Strömsund, SWEDEN.

Selection: The selection of students is based on a cumulative assessment of one or more of the following factors: grades of academic courses, the quality/subject of the Bachelor’s Thesis, relevant work and/or research experience, motivation letter, research ideas for thesis and the relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme in question. For more information please visit the website of the respective course or programme.

Start period: Period 1 - starts during the first half of the semester

Additional information: 

  • Application deadline Autumn 2016: 15 January
  • Application deadline Spring 2017 15 August..

Grant Opportunities:

Information about funding opportunities can be found on the 'Scholarships, Costs & Fees' section at the website of the University.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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