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.

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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.


In Kalmar, Linnaeus University is located in the city centre. Universitetskajen is entirely newly-built and located just next to the sea. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

The city centre is also where most students live. Everything is available within a ten-minute bicycle ride, regardless of whether you want to take a swim in the sea, study, do some shopping, or work out. Historical buildings and cobblestone streets give charm to the city. When it is sunny, the area next to Kalmar Castle’s moat is filled with studying and sunbathing students. Student life is a natural part of Kalmar. This is where your dream of the future begins!

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