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Master programme in Conservation Biology

120 credits

The rapid decline of ecosystems results in a global loss of biodiversity and thus there is an increasing demand for people working with environmental management. On the master’s programme in conservation biology, you will learn how to use modern ecology and genetics within management and restoration, as well as in studies on the loss of biological diversity. You will gain insight into global and regional aspects of biodiversity and restoration ecology, how population ecology is used as a tool in conservation, and learn to master the analytical methods used in conservation biology. Your teachers are active researchers in conservation biology so you will study in close association with an expanding, international research environment.

The master's programme provides a foundation for continued higher studies as well as for a diverse range of other careers within the public sector, forestry, agriculture and consultancy.

Get some inspiration to what the Master's programmes leads to. You find completed Master's degree projects in biology on LUP Student Papers.

Recommended course of study

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Year 2



Master's degree project BIOM02/BION02/BION03

Degree requirements

Courses corresponding to 120 credits, of which should encompass:

Compulsory Courses, 45 credits

  • Population and Community Ecology BIOR69, 15 credits
  • Conservation Biology BIOR83, 15 credits
  • Biological Monitoring BIOR39 or Water management BIOR66,15 credits

Elective Courses, at least 15 credits

  • Biological Monitoring BIOR39, 15 credits
  • Animal Ecology BIOR91, 15 credits
  • Modelling Biological Systems BIOS13, 7.5 credits
  • Plant Evolution and Adaptation BIOR77, 15 credits
  • Processing and Analysis of Biological Data BIOS14, 7.5 credits
  • Water Management BIOR66, 15 credit

Optional Courses, 0-30 credits

Master´s degree project in biology BIOM02/BION02/BION03, 30/45/60 credits

Degree title

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

Blue butterflies and small mushrooms in wood. Photo.
Biology - Conservation Biology


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)