M.Sc. Biology, Plant Ecology

Lund University

Application deadline: January 15, 2013
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 15,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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An understanding of the mechanisms that shape and modify plant diversity is of fundamental importance for all biological disciplines. This is the programme for students who are interested in plant ecology, systematics, evolution and biodiversity. You will learn about the mechanisms that are involved in the evolution of new plant species and the factors that control plant diversity and the distribution of plant species. You will come to understand the way in which mating systems and population structure influence gene flow and genetic diversity in plants. You will learn how plants interact with other organisms and their ability to adapt to environmental change. At the same time, you will gain practical experience of ecological and systematic methodology.

Special features of the programme:

* Close connections to research in a international environment
* Integration of theoretical analyses with strong training of laboratory skills
* Freedom to create your own study programme and specialisation

Career prospects:

The study programme has a clear focus on biodiversity and conservation biology. It provides a foundation for doctoral studies in plant ecology and systematics, as well as for a diverse range of other careers for plant biologists within the public sector, forestry and agricultural organisations, ecological and conservation consultancy, plant breeding and education.

Contents

Compulsory courses: Plant Ecology, Plant Evolution and Diversity and a Masters degree project (30-60 ECTS).

Electives: Plant Systematics, Mosses, Lichens, Fungi: Biodiversity and Conservation, Population and Community Ecology, Soil Ecology, Conservation Biology, Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Genetic Analysis, Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis, Floristics Intermediate Course, Mountain Plant Ecology, Global Ecosystem Processes, Plant Biology, Nature Conservation, The Scientific Method.

Most courses are full time studies, and you usually take only one course at a time. The courses are typically teaching intensive, with lectures, seminars, excursions as well as theoretical and practical exercises. You are expected to spend about 40 hours per week on studies, self-studies included.

Normally you take two courses of 15 credits per term, i.e. a total of 60 credits per year.

Requirements

A Bachelor´s degree including 90 HEC in Biology of which at least Cell Biology, Genetics and Microbiology 15 HEC, Ecology 15 HEC, Botany 15 HEC and Zoology 15 HEC. In addition 5 HEC in Statistics.

English B (advanced) language proficiency shall be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

* IELTS score of 6.5 (with no section less than 5.5)
* TOEFL paper-based score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575; internet based score of 20 (scale 0-30) and a total score of 90
* Cambridge/Oxford Advanced Certificate of Proficiency
* A Bachelors degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, according to the International Handbook of Universities
* A pass on English course B (Swedish upper secondary school).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA (and Switzerland). You apply for a Lund University Global Scholarship after you have applied for the programme/or free-standing course you wish to study at Lund University.

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Erasmus Mundus Action 1
Lund University is a partner in several Erasmus Mundus joint programmes (Action 1). As a student on these Master's programmes you can get a scholarship that can cover both tuition fees and living expenses. Details can be found on the Erasmus Mundus programme pages.

Erasmus Mundus Action 2
Lund University is a partner in several Erasmus Mundus Action 2 "lots".If you are from an eligible country you can apply for a scholarship to come to Lund University. Scholarships are available to academic staff, PhD students, Master's students and Bachelor's students and can cover both tuition fees and living expenses.

Swedish Institute scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers several scholarship programmes for international students studying at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Swedish Institute Study Scholarship:

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly qualified students across two categories:

Category 1: Students from the following 12 developing countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Category 2: Students with citizenship from countries on the DAC list (note there are some exceptions).

Other Swedish Institute Scholarships:

* Visby Programme - Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Region
* Swedish Institute Scholarships for East Europe
* Swedish-Turkish Programme

US Student Finance
Lund University is a participating institution in the US Government Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program for undergraduate, Masters and doctoral programmes. This includes the Stafford Loans and the Graduate Plus Loans. Please note that this loan programme is only available to US citizens or eligible non-citizens.

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