MSc in Biology, Aquatic Ecology

General information

The master in Biology comprises 2 years of full time studies, 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. 

This Master’s programme specialises on the ecology of aquatic ecosystems, including both freshwater and marine systems, i.e. in the fields of Limnology and Marine Ecology,
respectively. It provides understanding of state-of-the-art theories and models of the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems and, further, their relation to watershed, effects
of anthropogenic disturbances, management strategies and restoration techniques. Practical training in laboratory and field methodology is also emphasised.

There are two tracks available: Limnology and Marine EcologyMost courses are full-time studies, and you usually take only one course at a time. The courses are typically teachingintensive,with lectures, seminars, excursions as well as theoretical and practical exercises. You are expected to spend about 40 hours per week on studies, self-studies included. Normally you take two courses of 15 credits per semester, i.e. a total of 60 credits per year.

Limnology track Marine Ecology track
Limnology Marine Ecology
Fisheries Ecology or Ecotoxicology Fisheries Ecology or Ecotoxicology 
Aquatic Ecology Aquatic Ecology
Water Management  Water Management 
Marine Ecology or The Scientific Method  Limnology or The Scientific Method 
Ecotoxicology or Modelling in Biological Systems Ecotoxicology or Modelling in Biological Systems
Degree project in Aquatic ecology Degree project in Aquatic ecology
Learning outcome:

After graduation a large proportion of students of aquatic ecology obtain employments within the water-management sector, e.g. as ecologists in municipal or county administration or in consulting agencies. In these positions their assignments may include environmental monitoring, consulting in water questions and assessment of measures that may effect the water environment. The education is preparatory for PhD studies in aquatic ecology/limnology. In addition, several students aiming at becoming teachers, choose aquatic ecology as their specialization


After graduation many students of marine ecology/limnology find employment within the water management sector, e.g. as ecologists in municipal or county councils or in consulting agencies. In these positions your assignments could include environmental monitoring, consulting on matters concerning water and assessment of measures that may affect the water environment. The programme also provides a solid grounding that prepares you for doctoral studies.

Contact Person: Lotta Persmark (Study advisor) (


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

0831 - Fisheries", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0521 - Ecology", "0511 - Biology", "0831 - Aquaculture


Venue: Lund University
Lund, Sweden

Department of Biology
Box 118, 221 00 Lund


Open from
1 Dec 2016 to 15 Jan 2017


Non-EU/EEA citizens

  • Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000
  • First payment: SEK 72 500

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.


A Bachelor´s degree including 90 credits in Biology including Cell Biology, Genetics and Microbiology 15 credits, Ecology 15 credits, Botany 15 credits and Zoology 15 credits, and in addition 5 credits in Statistics. English 6/English Course B.

English B (advanced) language proficiency (English 6) shall be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (with no section less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL paper-based score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575; internet based score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, according to the International Handbook of Universities
  • A pass on English course B (Swedish upper secondary school).

Application Procedure:


How to apply. Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
  • Start your application – go to www.universityadmissions.sewhere you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the documentdeadline

*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.

Programme-specific documents. No additional documents, such as statement of purpose, CV or letters of recommendation, are required when applying for this programme.

All students wishing to study Bachelor's or Master's level programmes and courses at a Swedish university must apply online, using the national University Admissions in Sweden website called "". You need to create an account on the online application system and follow the steps to make your online application. After that you can submit all supporting documents to University Admissions:

  • Cover sheet
  • Certificates and diplomas from previous studies at an internationally recognised higher education institution (university or university college)
  • Transcripts of completed courses and grades for each semester (including course list)
  • Proof of English language skills
  • Proof that you meet the specific admission requirements
  • Copy of the page in your passport with your personal data and photograph, or some other identification document (EU/EEA citizens may need to send a certified passportcopy)

Note: citizens of countries outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland must pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately 100€) to University Admissions in Sweden.

Application Deadline: January 15

Grant Opportunities:

Lund University Global Scholarship programme. The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships. The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options. Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships. Information about scholarships from external organisations


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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