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Master in Bioscience (Marine Biology and Limnology)

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost See website

The master studies in Bioscience gives research based specialization in one of seven possible directions. Your studies may aim at analyzing the contextual complexity of larger ecosystems; in alpine regions, oceans or lakes, and in the polar areas, and how these are influenced by seasonal and climate-induced variation, or by human activities. The master studies may also aim at understanding molecular, biochemical, and physiological mechanisms at the subcellular, cellular, or organismal level, and these mechanisms are regulated in different species.

The programme has seven options for specialization

  • Biodiversity and systematics
  • Cell biology, physiologi and neuroscience
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Genetics and developmental biology
  • Marine biology and limnology
  • Molecular biology and biochemistry
  • Toxicology and environmental science

Marine Biology and Limnology cover studies on ecosystems and habitats that are linked to water, both in the sea and on land. These systems are natural resources that we use for fisheries, transportation, agricultural irrigation, energy production, and drinking water. The use and management of such natural resources must be based on knowledge of the organisms living there, what environmental requirements they have, and how they affect each other. Such knowledge also provides the basis for understanding the effects of pollution, eutrophication, climate change, and other environmental changes.

A master’s degree in Marine Biology and Limnology will give competences that are relevant for working in both public and private sectors, covering fields such as resource management, environmental monitoring, and policy making. Research projects within this programme option can include field work in interesting areas and a wide range of laboratory analyses.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Learning outcomes

In this programme option you will gain basic knowledge of the organisms found in marine and fresh waters, and on the interactions between environmental factors and biological processes in aquatic ecosystems.

You will learn about modern analytical and computational methods used in research and in environmental monitoring. These methods can be used to study how pollution and other human influences affect the aquatic system, from rivers and lakes to coastal and Ocean.

The Master’s degree will qualify you for independent scientific work, critical reading and understanding of scientific literature. You will also receive training in presentation of scientific themes and research data, both orally and in writing.

You will achieve an understanding of how research develops new knowledge when working with your master project (60 ECTS credits), under supervision in a research group, and by following mandatory and elective courses, altogether also giving 60 ECTS credits.

Knowledge aims

  • You will be able to understand basic biological processes that occur in and between organisms in nature. This understanding will make you capable of describing and explaining both biological interaction processes and their importance to ecosystems.
  • You will acquire knowledge of the most common research methods used to develop our knowledge of biological processes.

Competence aims

  • You learn to work independently when collecting and analysing scientific data, both in the field and in the laboratory.
  • You will be able to read scientific publications and develop a critical view of literature describing scientific topics.
  • You will be able to give oral and written representations of scientific topics and research data.
  • You will be able to formulate hypotheses and choose, adapt, and conduct methodological studies, by conducting the necessary experiments to verify or reject a given hypothesis.

Generic skills

  • You will be able to reflect critically upon central ethical and scientific questions in relation to your own work and the work of others.
  • You will develop your scientific curiosity and achieve understanding and respect for scientific values as openness, precision, accountability and the importance of distinguishing between knowledge and opinions.
  • You will be able to identify and use methods well suited to solve a scientific question related to your own work, and to the work of others.
  • You will be able to communicate adequately scientific issues both to colleagues and to the general public.


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ISCED Categories

Project management
Conservation and environmental management