Biodiversity and Systematics, M.Sc. | University of Gothenburg | Göteborg, Sweden
M.Sc. On Campus

Biodiversity and Systematics

24 months
11374 EUR/year
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The Biodiversity and Systematics programme of the University of Gothenburg provides a broad overview of living organisms and the relationship between them. You will become familiar with nomenclatural rules, develop identification skills for inventory of species and natural habitats, produce and assess molecular systematic information, and develop an understanding of the role of biodiversity.



Biodiversity and Systematics concerns the multitude of organisms living on our planet and the evolutionary relationships among them. Far from all existing organisms have been discovered and described, and among those that science knows of, classification is still ambiguous. In this programme, you will be trained to gain the systematic and taxonomic expertise needed to take action against global loss of biodiversity.

One programme—seven universities

The Biodiversity and Systematics programme of the University of Gothenburg is distributed across seven Scandinavian universities and provides an intellectually challenging learning environment combining theoretical studies with practical elements. You are admitted to the university where you will undertake your thesis project, but you also participate in courses hosted by the other universities and sometimes at their field-stations. The programme emphasizes four components:

  • scientific knowledge
  • practical skills
  • independent academic thinking and ability to convey knowledge
  • ethics and sustainability in a global perspective

A wide range of courses and fieldwork

Since the programme is conducted between seven universities, most of the courses are web-based. These are complemented by intensive field or lab sessions where you and your fellow students meet your teachers for a short period of time. Your home university provides access to course material, for instance for practical experimental work and your thesis project. You will have the opportunity to follow your own interests and goals by choosing from our elective portfolio, which offers a wide range of subjects. Courses are continually updated to reflect developments in all areas of biodiversity and systematics research.

Programme Structure

The programme offers a wide range of courses that are divided into four categories:

  • biodiversity — identification
  • biodiversity — classification
  • systematic theory
  • tools and skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • University studies of at least three full years, equal to a Bachelor's degree in Science in Biology. All credits in the degree need to be from an accredited university
  • The applicant's university education must also include a thesis, term paper or equivalent proof of proficiency in academic writing
  • Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS
  • Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11374 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22749 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Full education cost: 248,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

Living costs for Göteborg

7552 - 13932 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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