Disease Ecology, Master Programme

120 credits

Diseases play a fundamental role in the lives of all organisms, from the individual level up to the ecosystem level. Understanding the drivers of disease dynamics and the intricate interactions between hosts and parasites rely on a multidisciplinary approach combining molecular biology, ecology and medicine.

The Master of Science in Disease ecology builds on the student's knowledge of ecology, evolution and molecular biology in order to explore and appreciate the role diseases play in wildlife, domestic animals and humans. During the first year, students are introduced to multidisciplinary aspects of disease ecology, ranging from veterinary and human medicine to molecular biology and ecology, including current research topics in the subject field. Students are also introduced to how individuals, populations and species are influenced by and cope with diseases in a temporally and spatially influenced environment, including how climate change and human activities drives the distribution and emergence of disease.

The program will enable students to develop understanding of theories and practical issues, and critical thinking skills that form the foundation upon which the scientific process rests. Students are given opportunities to improve their ability to consume, understand, evaluate, and communicate research. This helps students prepare for doctorate training and a future scientific career. Knowledge and understanding of topics covered in the program is also a key to developing and implementing successful solutions to problems in applied areas of animal and human health, such as in management, planning and conservation.

The second year is focused on a research project including a written thesis (30-60 higher education credits) with an appropriate advisor. The Master’s thesis is carried out in fields related to research interests at the Linnaeus University Center for “Ecology and Evolution of Microbial model Systems, EEMiS”, including practicals giving the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge.”


The programme is designed to prepare professionals interested in the field of disease ecology and related disciplines for future careers as researchers, educators, decision makers and consultants.


Master of Science (120 credits) with specialisation in Disease Ecology.

Main field of study: Biology.


The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.

The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.

In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.