Biology, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    13280 EUR/year
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The Master programme in Biology at University of Southern Denmark allows you to immerse yourself in the subject area that you are the most passionate about.


This Master programme in Biology is research-driven, and laboratory work is coupled with field studies.

The programme combines a broad foundation in natural sciences with state-of-the-art knowledge and advanced experimental methodology within biology.

From the evolution of life on Earth to climate change

Biology covers a large spectrum of subjects, from molecules to ecosystems and from early life forms on Earth to climate changes on land and in the sea. As a biology graduate from SDU, you will gain a broad education which can be used in many different contexts; in the private business sector, in research, in teaching or in public administration.

Work is primarily experimental, in laboratories on campus in Odense, at the Marine Biological Research Centre in Kerteminde, and the Sandbjerggaard Research Station in southern Funen, as well as different locations around the country and the rest of the world.

You can piece your own research profile together within the research areas covered by the Department of Biology.

Research at the Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at the University of Southern Denmark focuses its research in experimental biology within four different areas. In these areas, the research is cutting edge and as a student, you get to be where that research is developed. However, teaching in the biological courses is broad and includes all basic biological disciplines.

Career opportunities

Graduates in Biology from SDU are among those biologists in Denmark who have the highest employment rates.

The Biology programme at SDU is versatile and can be pieced together in many different ways. Therefore, you can follow several different career paths as a biologist, depending on your professional interests, both in Denmark and abroad.

  • Science communication - Information officers at science museums, zoos, aquariums and nature centres often work with teaching special classes or leading tours and hikes, as well as designing exhibits. If you have excellent writing and communication skills, other potential career opportunities exist with media specializing in science.
  • Environmental conservation and nature management - Conservation and management biologists are often employed by public nature and environmental conservation authorities or private consulting firms, solving environmental problems and conserving the natural world. Other potential employment opportunities exist with zoos and aquariums, where biologists carry out endangered species recovery programs and serve as a educators to the general public.
  • Teaching - Depending on how you piece together the programme, your degree may qualify you to teach in Danish secondary schools. Employment opportunities also exist at university colleges, where some biologists are employed as teachers.
  • Research - A PhD in Biology qualifies you for a career as a researcher at universities. A PhD student is usually paid through a scholarship from a university, a foundation or through a collaboration with a company.

Programme Structure

The Master programme in Biology has a scope of 120 ECTS, equivalent to two years' full-time work.

The first semester consists of 30 ECTS worth of courses, most of which are elective. During the second sementer, you can either take elective courses or do an internship, according to your professional interests and desired career path. This allows you to opt for a broad profile or specialise in one of the following fields:

  • Animal sound communication and behaviour
  • Environmental biology
  • Marine science
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


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Academic Requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in Biology you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology from University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University, University of Copenhagen or University of the Faroe Islands.

You can also apply if you hold a similar degree containing basic courses in mathematics, chemistry and statistics, as well as 60 ECTS within biology. The biological courses must cover:

  • The structures and functions of biomolecules and cells
  • The systematics, structures, development and functions of organisms
  • The interaction between organisms and their environment
  • The evolution of life

Once you have applied the study board will assess whether you degree is qualifying.

If your degree does not fulfill the requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13280 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13280 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • Only students with a non-EU/EEA-citizenship or non-Swiss-citizenship have to pay tuition fees.
  • Tuition fee for international students: EUR 13280 per year

Living costs for Odense

5,400 - 7,800 DKK/month
Living Costs

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


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