Limnology is an ecosystem science, striving to understand the interactions between organisms and their environment. Limnology provides a broad, holistic perspective on nature by crossing disciplinary boundaries (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Hydrology, etc). It is about how inland water ecosystems work, and in which way they are affected by human perturbations.
Human society relies on services provided by inland water ecosystems, such as drinking water, energy, fisheries, and recreation. At the same time, inland waters are threatened by human perturbations such as eutrophication, climate change, or overexploitation. The sustainable use of water resources therefore requires solid knowledge of aquatic ecosystems, to understand how and why ecosystems are affected by changes in biological, chemical or physical conditions.
The MSc Programme Biology - Limnology - Ecology and Environment of Inland Waters is delivered by Uppsala University.
With a MSc degree specialized in Limnology, you will qualify for jobs both in the public and private sectors. Authorities and organizations dealing with nature conservation or aquatic resource management, as well as environmental consulting agencies, employ limnologists.
The MSc specialization in Limnology also prepares you for an international research career in environmental science, aquatic science, or ecology. Regardless of the professional career you have in mind, the common base is a broad and solid understanding of aquatic ecosystems.
The courses provide factual knowledge and practical training in the form of laboratory work and field trips, as well as the ability to solve problems, think analytically and work scientifically. Communication training is integrated in the courses of the programme.
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