Master by Research in Biology, 120 credits

Are you highly motivated to specialize further in your field academically? Then our Master by Research programme in Biology is something for you. The individualized programme targets those who are interested in developing skills and knowledge for a future career in academic research as well as in industrial or public R&D.

  • Start: Autumn 2022
  • Study form: Standard course of studies
  • Study pace: 100%
  • Campus: Sundsvall
  • Language: English
  • Code: MIU-J2511

Application deadline: 19 April 2022

Spring 2023

room Standard course of studies, Sundsvall
  • Start: Spring 2023
  • Study form: Standard course of studies
  • Study pace: 100%
  • Campus: Sundsvall
  • Language: English
  • Code: MIU-J2490

Application deadline: 17 October 2022

The programme is project dominated. As a student, from day one you will start an individual project that will lead to your Master thesis after two years. You will be a member of a research group and carry out research together with PhD students and be supervised by the researchers in the group. Only a few students will be admitted each semester and supervised on an individual level. If you have shown excellent results in your Bachelor studies and are self-motivated to specialize further in your field, you are the one we are looking for.

Our research focus on the effects of 150 years of forestry on forest biodiversity and ecosystem services. Although providing important resources to the society, it has also had negative consequences for forest biodiversity and particularly the loss of dead wood, natural processes, deciduous trees and old trees. As a result the survival of many species associated with forests is threatened. We seek Master students that are interested in the factors that shape boreal forest biodiversity and interested in supporting efficient nature conservation. Within this broad theme, we particularly focus on the role of small protected areas and active restoration (for example prescribed fires) as tools to maintain fragmented populations of wood dependent species – ranging from their habitat demands to their genetic variability. We also study the dynamics of natural forests – from the long term changes at stand and landscape scale to the decay rates of dead trees.

Entry requirements

English course 6/English course B from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or the equivalent.

Bachelor of Science or equivalent (at least 180 credits/180 ECTS), with at least 90 credits (90 ECTS) in Biology.

Eligibility for available research project is assessed on the basis of the applicant’s bachelor’s degree project/thesis, a letter of motivation, and, where appropriate, through other documented experience relevant to the subject.


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Required documents:

- Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies. The universities where you studied must be internationally recognized higher education institutions (university or university college).
- Transcripts of completed courses and grades for each semester included in your degree.
- Proof of English language skills equivalent to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden, i.e. English 6/English course B.
- In addition, you must submit a letter stating your interest in the programme, and a ranking of your interests if more than one study project is offered to you. You should also describe your background and its relevance to the subject in a Curriculum Vitae (CV), with your Bachelor’s thesis, individual projects, project portfolio and any experience that you wish to refer to attached.

Please note that your online application is complete when you have submitted your supporting documentation. Upload these documents to your personal account at as soon as possible but no later than (three weeks after the application deadline. For more information go to

Title of qualification

Degree of Master of Arts/Science (120 credits)

Masterexamen med huvudområdet biologi, translated into Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Biology.

After the programme

After having completed your Master’s thesis, there are good opportunities to work with research within academy, authorities, and industry.

Work experience contact

During the programme, you will meet both researchers, authorities, and companies that our research group cooperates with. This way, you get useful contacts and experiences to prepare you for your future career.

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Questions about the programme

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The page was updated 9/28/2022