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Kandidatprogram i marinbiologi, 180 hp (Bachelor's Programme in Marine Biology, 180 credits )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Cost Applies to citizens from outside EU, EEA or Switzerland. First instalment: 70000 SEK. The complete programme: 420000 SEK.

Oceans cover 3/4 of the Earth's surface and encompass everything from coral reefs to the deep ocean, and our own Baltic Sea and west coast of Sweden. Oceans contain the greatest diversity of organisms, and their significance as the Earth's larder for the people of the Earth is increasing, while at the same time these resources are under threat from pollution over-fishing and environmental pollution.

The bachelor programme will provide you with excellent knowledge of the marine ecosystem along the complete coast of Sweden, from the brackish conditions in the Baltic to our most marine-like conditions on the west coast. You will also obtain a good overview of the environmental problems that affect Sweden and the Earth, and how attempts to solve them are under way.

The two first years of the programme teach the biological foundation, while the third year consists of specialised studies in marine issues. The courses "Research Traineeship in Marine Biology" and Marine Biology are compulsory during the third year. The programme includes two extended field courses, one at the Askö laboratory, the other at the Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory. Some courses are held during the summer, which means that it might be possible to take the program within two years.

You are then free to select a further 15 hp from marine courses, such as Aquatic Ecology, Fish and Fisheries Biology, Environmental Toxicology, The Management of Aquatic Resources in the Tropics, or a course that does not have a marine specialisation. The programme ends with an degree thesis in marine biology. Marine biologists find careers within such employers as municipalities, county administrative boards, nature conservations authorities, or consultancies. The education can also lead to a career as, for example, environmental information specialist, scientific journalist, or teacher. You may also continue to take the Master's Programme in Marine Biology, and then go on to do research in marine biology, either in Sweden or abroad.

Application procedure

Grant opportunities

Students are not required to pay application fees or tuition if they can document that they are:

- Exchange students at Stockholm University. (You are exempt from paying application and tuition fees for studies conducted as part of the exchange agreement.)

- Swedish citizens or permanent residents

- Swedish temporary residence permit holders for reasons other than studying

- EU/EEA or Swiss citizens

- PhD student (in the process of applying or already registered)

Learning outcomes

After completing training on the program, the student is expected

- to show knowledge and understanding in the main area of ​​education, including knowledge of the scientific basis of the area, knowledge of the applicable methods in the field, in-depth knowledge in some part of the area as well as information on current research issues,

- to demonstrate the ability to search, gather, evaluate, and critically interpret relevant information in a problem and to critically discuss phenomena, issues and situations,

- to demonstrate the ability to independently identify, formulate and solve problems and to carry out tasks within given time frames,

- to demonstrate the ability to orally and in writing present and discuss information, problems and solutions in dialogue with different groups,

- to demonstrate the skills required to work independently in the field covered by the education,

- to show the ability to make judgments with regard to relevant in the main area of ​​education scientific, social and ethical aspects,

- to show insight into the role of knowledge in society and about people's responsibility for how it is used,

- to demonstrate the ability to identify their need for additional knowledge and to develop their skills.


Bachelor's level requirements

In order to be eligible for bachelor's (first cycle) courses and programmes taught in English, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

If you meet these requirements, you will compete for a place with other students who also applied to and are eligible for the same course or programme.

General entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for bachelor's level studies, all students must:

- have successfully completed their upper secondary (high school) education (post-16).

- be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor's level in Sweden is the equivalent of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. See English Language Requirements.

For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics:

-The student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics equal to the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c. See Guide to Swedish upper secondary courses for more information. 

Specific entry requirements

Most courses and study programmes have specific entry requirements in addition to the general requirements listed above. These are often linked to the area of study of the course or programme. For example, an economics course may require a higher level of upper secondary school mathematics.

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management