Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes, Master Programme

120 credits

Fish exhibit greater species diversity than any other vertebrate group, can be found in nearly all aquatic environments, play important roles as food and predators in marine and freshwater ecosystems, and they are an important resource for humans worldwide.

The Master of Science in Evolutionary ecology of fishes is multidisciplinary and builds on the student's knowledge of ecology, evolution and organism biology in order to explore and appreciate biological diversity among fishes. During the first year, students are introduced to traditional aspects of biology of fishes such as systematics, taxonomy, and distribution, and to current research topics in fish ecology including life-history strategies, behavior, and evolutionary adaptations. 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 and fishing.

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 such as fisheries management, aquaculture 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 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 of fishes and related disciplines for future careers as researchers, educators, decision makers and consultants.


Master of Science (120 credits) with specialisation in Evolutionary ecology of fishes.

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.