M.Sc. On Campus


Umea University

24 months
6945 EUR/year
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The Master’s programme in Ecology from Umea University gives you a deeper knowledge of how fishing, forestry, river regulations, pollution and climate changes affect biodiversity and ecosystem function in forests, lakes, mountains and sea. 


Key facts

As a master student in ecology in Umeå, you will develop your skills for individual integration and application of knowledge, and the ability to handle complex phenomena, problems and situations, as a preparation for research practice or other jobs that have high demands of self dependence.

For the first course you can choose between Forest Ecology or Aquatic Ecosystems Ecology and Aquatic Ecosystems. You will also study Ecological Dynamics and Analyses of Field Data. The programme has a special profile in nature conservation, which includes courses in the field of environmental science focusing on relevant legislation, management of different habitats and species, which could be important in dealing with nature conservation issues in authorities and companies.

Close proximity to research

The education is closely linked to the research conducted at the department of Ecology and Environmental Science. Most of the practical exercises have their focus on northern ecosystems. The education received the highest ratings in the latest evalution by the Swedish Higher Education Authority.

Develop critical and independent thinking

The programme gives you the skills to identify and characterize ecological problems, plan and execute investigations and determine and study biological material. You will also learn how to analyze data statistically and how to present and interpret the results in a report. The programme provides understanding of the advanced ecological theory necessary to execute and evaluate both research and nature preservation measures.

Career opportunities

The Master's programme in Ecology offered by Umea University gives you knowledge and skills for advanced work in governments, companies and is an excellent base for PhD studies. The profile in nature conservation provides especially good competence for future work with nature and environmental issues in authorities and companies.

Further studies?

Following your Master's degree you can take further courses on advanced level or enter PhD studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Forest Ecology
  • Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Ecological Dynamics.
  • Analysis of Field Data
  • Ecosystem Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognised university. Specific entry requirements are: 90 ECTS in Biology. 
  • Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6945 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6945 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Application fee SEK900 
  • Tuition fee, first instalment SEK71,400 
  • Total fee SEK285,600

Living costs for Umeå

7125 - 11770 SEK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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