Nordic Master of Science in Biodiversity and Systematics


Programme Description

Be part of the new generation of taxonomists with the expertise and skills to take action against biodiversity loss. On our Master of Science’s program in Biodiversity and Systematics, you will gain a broad knowledge of living organisms, their relationships and learn specific identification and research skills to be able to follow a career in the conservation of biodiversity for the future.

Reasons to choose

  • Emphasis on gaining practical skills alongside theoretical knowledge
  • Constantly updated courses to reflect the latest research
  • A program designed to be tailored to individual students career goals

Programme structure

The program is a collaboration between seven Nordic universities and courses are taught as a combination of distance studies and intensive field and lab sessions at different field stations and participating universities. The distance element allows you a lot of flexibility in when and where you conduct your studies. The up to a week-long field and lab sessions give you hands-on experience of methods and deeper insight into biodiversity and systematics research across Sweden and the Nordic countries.

The program consists of 22 available courses within four main categories: Biodiversity-identification, Biodiversity-classification, Systematic theory and Tools & skills. You will receive broad training in both practical and theoretical subjects and there is plenty of space available in the program to choose from a selection of elective courses depending on your interests and career goals. The requirement is that you include at least one course from each of the categories.

First year

  • Alpha taxonomical principles (Gothenburg)
  • Fundamental and molecular systematics (Uppsala)
  • Elective courses

Second year

Optional course(s) and degree project (30 or 45 credits)


Degree project 60 credits

Career prospects

The Master of Science’s degree in Biodiversity and Systematics open career paths for students wishing to pursue careers in academic research or as museum curators. Similarly, the program is well suited to non-academic careers in Nature conservation, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest-ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top-quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.

Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the centre of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the program we require the equivalent to Bachelor's degree with a major in biology. In addition, you are required to show English proficiency equivalent to the Swedish high school level.

Application and tuition fees are required unless you are EU/EEA citizen or have long-term/permanent residency status in Sweden (or temporary residency for reasons other than studies).

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-clas ... Read More

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-class education in a number of programs and courses, at the Master's level more than 30 study programs are given in English. Read Less