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Systematic Ecology

Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)

24 months
6518 USD/year
6518 USD/year
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Ecologists investigate the relationships between organisms and their environment. As a master’s student of the Systematic Ecology course at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)  you will study how nature works. Both an aim in itself and to develop the tools to predict and combat problems caused by pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. 


    You will study Ecology from a plant, animal and systems perspective. Ecological processes are investigated from the molecular level on to the regional and global scale, where field observations and experiments are used to identify ecosystems’ patterns and functions.

      The programme consists of 4 semesters (two years) including the M.Sc.- thesis. The 1st term starts with ecological basics: the main concepts of ecology are covered and also experimental design and data analysis, earth sciences, molecular ecology and an introduction to current topics in cutting edge ecology.

      Specialization is offered with a courses during the 2nd and 3rd semester, including population, marine ecology, as well as conservation biology, risk assessment, ecological modelling, environmental risk assessment and management as well as practice biology including field and lab works. 

      The master’s thesis is conducted during the 4th semester, either SHENZHEN MSU-BIT UNIVERSITY or Lomonosov MSU, depending on the student’s interests and topics. The master of ecology will provide you with a broad ecological background and will train you to become a critically thinking scientist. 

      The acquired scientific, technical and communication skills also open a wide array of additional opportunities. During the program, you will become familiar with many techniques and approaches including field experiments, analysis of plant and animal behavior, mathematical modelling, sustainability research, advanced statistics, and modern molecular methods.

      Elective courses

      Students will be allowed to take a broad selection of courses across departments and disciplines, you can choose to dive deep into a specific area of specialization.

      A major element of our study program is the research project. It allows the student to work on a current topic in an ecological sub-area of choice. The project is conducted mostly in independent group work, skillfully guided by a supervisor. In this way, the students gain basic experience in the planning, execution, analysis and written description of a research project.


  • Microscopy
  • Universal analytical and biochemical lab
  • Culture block for prokaryotes
  • Aquariums
  •  Plant cells culture block
  •  Animal cells culture block
  • Careers

    The Systematic Ecology course at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) offers training, which will be appropriate for a successful career in academia, governmental and nongovernmental organizations involved in nature conservation, environmental risk assessment, or biological control and integrated management.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  •  Biodiversity and its conservation
  • Population ecology
  •  Biopolitics
  • Urban ecology
  •  Statistical methods in ecology
  •   Simulation models in ecology
  •  Global and regional legislative tools of environmental conservation
  •   GIS and remote sensing applications in ecology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To apply for the programme, you must have a bachelor‘s degree (or equivalent) in biology, ecology, environmental science or a related field.
  • The level of applicant's’ language proficiency in English must not be lower than CET 4 with minimum score of 550. Applicants shall be in good health to pass the national standard of physical examination.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6518 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 6518 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6518 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6518 USD per year during 24 months.
  • 42000 RMB per annum (excluding costs of accommodation and books)

Living costs for Moscow

41640 - 81437 RUB /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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