Uppsala University

Biology - Evolutionary Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15113.5 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    Free
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
The Master Programme in Biology - Evolutionary Biology from Uppsala University is characterised by the integration of field, laboratory and theoretical studies. Areas such as evolutionary ecology, genomics, macro-evolution, and developmental biology are embraced. Students may also turn towards biodiversity and systematics.

About

Uppsala University has been a major centre of biological research since the time of Linnaeus. This strong research tradition is manifested in the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), where world-leading research ranges from ecology and biodiversity to evolutionary genomics and macroevolution.

All forms of life are linked back in time and have a common history. How they have developed, how they are related to each other and what processes that has affected and still affect the appearance of biological diversity are the core of this specialisation. 

The Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Evolutionary Biology, focuses on advanced level research and is conducted in collaboration with a similar specialisation at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Although the two programmes are separate, there are extensive possibilities for students to move between courses and supervisors at each university. There is also the possibility of research training in Groningen.

Teachers for the Master Programme in Biology - Evolutionary Biology from Uppsala University are active researchers, and as a student you will experience a close connection between research and education. You will gain first class subject knowledge, as well as training in analysis and problem solving. 

Career

The Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Evolutionary Biology, is an entry port for PhD training in Sweden as well as abroad. Your most important merit in that respect are your degree projects. With a careful choice of the courses and topic for your degree project you will leave this specialisation with a solid theoretical knowledge regarding evolutionary processes as well as knowledge of the methods you need to study them.

Programme Structure

First year

The subject content of the first course, Evolutionary Processes, is focussed on processes such as genetic drift, migration and natural selection and ecological factors such as population growth and regulation. 

In the second course, Evolutionary Patterns, we look elsewhere and you will study how the processes put their imprint in the form of patterns that we can observe today at different levels (communities, populations and genes). 

After the first semester you will choose among our recommended courses according to your individual study plan. 

Second year

During the second year, you can study one or two regular courses, or combine a research training course with a degree project.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:

  • 60 weeks of full-time studies (90 credits) in biology; or
  • 40 weeks of full-time studies (60 credits) in biology plus 20 weeks of full-time studies (30 credits) in chemistry or earth sciences.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15113.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30227 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

NON-EU/EEA

  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Living costs for Uppsala

6,573 - 6,670 /month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.