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Master programme in Aquatic Ecology

120 credits

This master’s programme is focussed on current theories and models of aquatic ecosystems. You will study the relationships between watershed, atmosphere, lakes and streams, human impact on aquatic ecosystems, as well as restoration and sustainability. During this programme, you will receive extensive practical training in state-of-the-art aquatic methodology. You will learn how to perform aquatic projects, including everything from stating hypotheses to sampling, data analyses and finally how to write and present a scientific report. Your teachers are active researchers and you study in close association with an international research environment.

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Recommended course of study

The programme comprises two years of full-time studies (120 credits), with at least 90 credits at advanced level within the field of Aquatic Ecology. Teaching is carried out in the form of courses, primarily in modules worth 15 credits, and a degree project for one or two semesters.

Year 1



Year 2



Degree requirements

Courses corresponding to 120 credits, of which should encompass

Compulsory Courses, 75 - 105 credits:

  • Limnology and Marine Ecology – Concepts and Processes BIOR86, 15 cr
  • Limnology and Marine Ecology – Organism and Habitats BIOR87, 15 cr
  • Aquatic Ecology BIOR82, 15 cr
  • Master´s degree project in biology BIOM02/BION02/BION03, 30/45/60 credits

Elective Courses, at least 15 credits:

  • Modelling in Biological Systems BIOS13, 7.5 cr
  • Processing and Analysis of Biological Data BIOS14, 7.5 cr
  • Ecotoxicology BIOR41, 15 cr
  • Water management BIOR66, 15 cr

Optional Courses, 0-30 credits


Degree title

Master of Science (Two Years)
Major: Biology with specialization in Aquatic Ecology

Lake with mountains in the background. Photo.
Biology - Aquatic Ecology


Lotta Persmark, Study advisor, biology and bioinformatics

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 28
EmailLotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se (Lotta[dot]Persmark[at]biol[dot]lu[dot]se)