This Master’s programme specialises on the ecology of aquatic ecosystems, including both freshwater and marine systems, i.e. in the fields of Limnology and Marine Ecology, respectively. It provides an understanding of state-of-the-art theories and models of the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems and, further, their relation to watershed, effects of anthropogenic disturbances, management strategies and restoration techniques. Practical training in laboratory and field methodology is also emphasised.

Special features of the programme:

  • Close collaboration with research groups on the most recent scientific approaches to current issues in both basic and applied science.
  • Guidelines for sustainable fisheries management.
  • Hands-on laboratory training and risk assessment in ecotoxicological issues in aquatic environments.
  • Designing restoration projects on a watershed scale.

Programme modules/courses

Compulsory courses: Limnology/Marine Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, and a Master’s degree project in Aquatic Ecology.

Electives: Fisheries Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Water Management, Modelling Biological Systems, Processing and Analysis of Biological Data.

Most courses are full-time studies, and you usually take only one course at a time. The courses are typically teaching-intensive, with lectures, seminars, excursions as well as theoretical and practical exercises. You are expected to spend about 40 hours per week on studies, self-studies included. Normally you take two courses of 15 credits per semester, i.e. a total of 60 credits per year.

Career prospects

After graduation, many students of the Aquatic Ecology Master’s Programme find employment within the water management sector, e.g. as ecologists in municipal or county councils or in consulting agencies. In these positions your assignments could include environmental monitoring, consulting on matters concerning water and assessment of measures that may affect the water environment. The programme also provides a solid base for continued studies at the PhD level.

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Why Lund University?

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.

If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as one of the best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate in-depth learning.

The University is located in Lund, a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes away from Copenhagen Airport in Denmark. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is also home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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