Master by Research in Biology, 120 Credits

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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.

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.


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Please note that in addition to your application you must also submit a letter stating your interest in the programme and describe your interests in different fields within Biology. Describe your previous background relevant to the subject and attach your Bachelor’s thesis or similar individual projects that you wish to refer to.This material should be sent as PDF by e-mail to the Head of Programme Bengt Gunnar Jonsson,, no later than 30 April for application to the autumn semester 2018 and no later than 30 October for application to the spring semester 2019.

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 program

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.