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      Molecular Ecology – Master’s Programme

      Programme, Master's (2nd cycle), 120 credits, MOLEA

      Molecular Ecology – Master’s Programme

      Programme, Master's (2nd cycle), 120 credits, MOLEA

      Application

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      Autumn 2024, Location: Campus (Skövde), Pace: 100%

      Application

      Application code HS-41256 at universityadmissions.se

      Programme Syllabus

      When? Where? How?

      Study period: 2 September 2024 - 7 June 2026
      Location: Skövde, Campus
      Pace of study: 100%

      Courses (syllabus)

      Find the complete course list in the programme syllabus.

      Admission Requirements

      A Bachelor’s degree equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen of 180 credits, with a major in the biological area (or the equivalent). The biological area can be defined as e.g. Ecology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology or Bioinformatics.

      A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as the Swedish course English 6. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized language test, e.g. IELTS or TOEFL.

      Selection

      Credits awarded.

      Language

      The courses are conducted in English.
      Would you like to answer ecological questions using molecular techniques? This unique master’s programme in Molecular Ecology will teach you how to do so while giving you the opportunity to combine ecology studies with molecular biology, bioinformatics and systems biology. This new interdisciplinary field will provide you with several career opportunities.

      About the programme

      Molecular ecology combines ecological data with molecular biological techniques in order to address ecological topics such as:

      • 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

      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 two-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

      Semesters 1 and 2

      The main focus of the first two semesters 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.

      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 second semester also includes advanced studies in systems biology and multivariate analysis.

      Semesters 3 and 4

      During the second year of the programme you will study next generation sequencing, and applied molecular ecology. The second semester along with the first half of the third semester will give you a strong foundation in methodologies used in the analysis of ecological research data.

      The programme is concluded with a master’s degree project (45 credits) in systems biology, with a focus in molecular ecology. The project starts halfway through the third semester and continues through the fourth. In the master’s degree 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 project work is performed individually under the guidance of a qualified supervisor, at the University of Skövde, or externally at another university, company or agency.   

      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. 

      Career opportunities

      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. 


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      One-year Master's

      The University also offers a one-year master's programme in Molecular ecology.

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      Published: 9/22/2023
      Edited: 10/12/2023
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