Ecology is a specialisation within the MSc Programme in Biology which leads to the English title: MSc in Biology with a specialisation in Ecology.
Below you can read the competence profile and see an illustration of the structure of the specialisation.
On completion of the programme, an MSc in Biology with a specialisation in Ecology has acquired the following:
- Fundamental ecological and evolutionary processes.
- Drivers of spatial and temporal distribution of species.
- Whole-organism biology of bacteria, fungi, protists and multicellular organisms of importance to ecosystem function and organisms typical of specific environments.
- The function of ecosystems and their interaction with local, regional and global systems, including global change.
- Applied and societal aspects of ecology and evolution.
- Collect, identify, and isolate selected groups of organisms.
- Use genetic methods in species identification and typing
- Understand and present the structure and function of complex ecosystems.
- Analyse the occurrence and activity of organisms in relation to the physical/chemical environment.
- Use organisms and genetic resources in an industrial context.
- Advise on environmental management issues.
- Illustrate and analyse biological phenomena by distinguishing between immediate (how?) and evolutionary (why?) causes and explanations.
- Explain and discuss the distribution and density of species at both local and global scales.
- Evaluate the occurrence of species in the wild on both an ecological and an evolutionary timescale.
- Explain and discuss the evolutionary adaptations of organisms to a given environment and their behaviour in relation/response to individuals of the same and other species.
- Evaluate interactions between individuals at different trophic levels, e.g. plants/herbivores, prey/predators, and host organisms/parasites/diseases.
- Apply knowledge of biology in the management of stocks, biodiversity and animal welfare.
Programme structure for the specialisation in Ecology
|Block 1||Block 2||Block 3||Block 4|
|Year 1||Advanced Ecology||Restricted elective course||Restricted elective course||Restricted elective course|
|Restricted elective course||Restricted elective course||Elective course||Elective course|
Restricted elective courses
Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.
- Evolutionary Ecology
- Basic Parasitology
- Danish Natural Habitats, Ecology and Characterisation
- Field Mycology and Identification of Fungi
- Biodiversity in Urban Nature
- Macro Ecology and Community Ecology
- Methodology and Sampling in Environmental Management
- Soil Biology
- Climate Change and Biogeochemical Cycles
- Protists – Eukaryotic Microbiology
- Conservation Biology
- Social Behaviour and Communication
- Population Genetics
- Experimental Design and Statistical Methods in Biology
- Applied Ecosystem Ecology
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- Sensory Biology
- Terrestrial Ecosystem Processes and Global Change
- Animal Morphology (from Sea Sponges to Vertebrates)
- Invasion Biology
- Arctic Biology
- Freshwater Ecology
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Climate Change and BiodiversityEnvironmental Impact Assessment in a Practical Danish Context (course language: Danish)
- Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis with R
- Arctic Biology Field Course
- Advanced Plant Identification
- Marine Faunistics: Biology and Systematics of Marine Fish and Invertebrates
- Project in Practice (15 ECTS)
- Project outside the course scope
Shared section of the curriculum for all programmes at the Faculty of SCIENCE.