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:

Knowledge about:

  • 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.

Skills to:

  • Collect, identify, and isolate selected groups of organisms.
  • Use genetic methods in species identification and typing

Competencies to:

  • 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
Year 2 Thesis

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.