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- discover and characterize new species
- measure the relationship among species and populations
- track environmental toxins and diseases in different ecosystems
- identify invasive species
- identify genetic diversity within endangered species to develop conservation strategies
About the programme
Molecular ecology is an interdisciplinary master’s programme that combines the fields of ecology, molecular biology and bioinformatics. At the University of Skövde we offer you a one-year master’s programme in Molecular ecology, where fieldwork as well as advanced laboratory and computer-based techniques are prominent parts of the studies.
The focus of your studies
The main focus of the first semester is scientific and laboratory knowledge in molecular biology and areas that contribute necessary methods for studies in molecular ecology. You will learn to plan and perform laboratory experiments and to interpret and analyse the generated data using bioinformatics and biostatistics. Laboratory techniques used include PCR, mutagenesis, cloning, qPCR and protein expression.
During the first semester you will also be introduced to current research specialisations, theories, applications and scientific methods within molecular ecology, with specialisation in conservation biology and environmental monitoring.
The programme is concluded with a degree project (30 credits) during the second semester. In this project you will solve a relevant research problem within molecular ecology, allowing you to combine your previously gained theoretical knowledge and practical laboratory skill. The degree project is performed individually and it can be carried out at a business, organization or educational institution, either in Sweden or abroad.
Molecular ecology is an international Master’s programme, and all courses included in the programme are conducted in English.
Opportunities for international studies
You will have the opportunity to carry out part of your degree project abroad.
The recent development of new molecular techniques has revolutionized bioscience, leading to increased applications within the field of conservation biology, ecology, evolution, agriculture and environmental monitoring.
After your studies, you can work in various academic, governmental, or private sector settings, for example at biotechnology companies and environmental consultant agencies. You can also continue with research at public- or private-sector research laboratories.
Opportunities for further studies
After completion of your degree, you can continue with third cycle (PhD) education.