This Master's Program allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the ecology, evolution and diversity of organisms.
The Master of Science in Evolutionary ecology is multidisciplinary and builds on the student's knowledge of ecology, evolution and organism biology in order to explore and appreciate biological diversity. During the first year, students are introduced to traditional aspects of biology such as systematics, taxonomy, and distribution, and to current research topics in ecology including life-history strategies, behavior, and evolutionary adaptations of organisms. Students are also introduced to how individuals, populations and species are influenced by and cope with spatial and temporal changes in the environment, including climate change and human activities such as habitat modification.
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.
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 selection of students who have applied is based on academic excellence and individual assessment. All applicants should apply via universityadmissions.se. The application should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, diplomas and references.
The programme is designed to prepare professionals interested in the field of evolutionary ecology and related disciplines for future careers as researchers, educators, decision makers and consultants.
Master of Science (120 credits) with specialisation in Evolutionary ecology.
Main field of study: Biology.
At Linnaeus University, you have plenty of opportunity to broaden your international perspective. During the course of your programme, you can choose to study abroad through exchange studies to gain international experience. If you do, you will conduct part of your studies at one of our many partner universities around the world.
Also at home you can gain international experience. Many courses contain intercultural elements. For instance, in the form of course literature or guest lecturers from other countries. In your leisure time, you can get involved in associations together with students from a wide range of other programmes and countries, or meet international students through our buddy programme.
Kalmar – the student city by the sea
In Kalmar centre, right next to the sea, you will find the university’s facilities that were inaugurated in August 2021. In Kalmar, everything is nearby, and you can take your bicycle to the university regardless of where you live in the city.
New students have housing guarantee. This means that you are entitled to student accommodation within two months. This is one of the reasons for Kalmar being appointed Student City of the Year 2023 by the Swedish National Union of Students. Kalmar has also received the award because the city offers students an excellent living environment. What is more, the city works actively to create opportunities for students to stay in Kalmar to work when they have completed their studies.
Kalmar municipality has about 70 000 inhabitants. Kalmar has a strong trade and industry with many companies that are on the forefront in green energy, e-commerce, and eHealth, which means there is good opportunity to establish contacts for your future work life.
Kalmar has a cultural history centre and has been named Sweden’s Summer City several times. No wonder, with all the hours of sun, beaches and concerts. What is more, the island of Öland is just one bridge away.