Ecology and Evolution, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The study program for Ecology and Evolution covers modern and specialized theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills unattainable in such extent on other related degree programs conducted by Jagiellonian University such as: biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, biophysics, biology and geology specializing in nature preservation, biology and geography specializing in environmental biology and environmental protection.
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The new Master’s degree studies in Ecology and Evolution offered by the Institute of Environmental Sciences last for two years and consist of six thematic modules, compulsory and elective courses, seminars, a foreign language course, group projects and writing a Master’s thesis. In order to graduate and receive the diploma, one is required to complete the courses with a total score of 120 ECTS. Laboratory classes and activities in the field included in the curriculum give the students an opportunity to acquire practical skills. A wide thematic variety of offered courses and close relations between students and faculty provide an educationally and socially unique and stimulating experience.

Graduates of Master’s degree program in Ecology and Evolution can continue their career internationally. Thanks to this program they acquire competences that help them to:

  • Gain broad understanding of applied ecological and evolutionary principles;
  • Become an effective scientist able to set up experiments and research (including field research/work) using appropriate and modern methods, analyze obtained results, write scientific papers and reports and prepare their spoken or graphic presentations;
  • Contribute to management of natural resources and sustainable development through legislation and learned communication skills;
  • Apply learned ecological concepts to solve existing environmental problems;
  • Develop skills such as critical thinking and writing argumentative essays, reports, projects, etc. supported by strong evidence;
  • Develop problem-solving skills and gain competence and social skills by working and learning in an interdisciplinary environment.

Graduates from Master’s degree studies in Ecology and Evolution can find employment either in public or private sectors anywhere in the world. Possible careers include becoming a consultant, project manager, field or lab technician, nature conservation biologist, supervisor working for: state administration, governmental, non-governmental and private organizations and foundations related to nature and environment. The graduates meet the academic requirements for admission to PhD studies.

Programme Structure

In order to graduate a student must complete five modules: modules 1 – 4 which are compulsory and either module 5 or 6.

Module 1: Advanced Ecology: Students know how to apply ecological principles to laboratory and field practice;

Module 2: Experimental Design, Data Analysis and Presentation: Students understand the theoretical framework of statistical methods applied to biological sciences;

Module 3: Evolution: Students understand/know the history of life on Earth and the theory of evolution;

Module 4: Society and Environment: Students apply basic ecological principles to existing problems of nature preservation;

Module 5: Behavioural ecology: Students identify the unique relationship between the evolution of behaviour and human behavioural ecology;

Module 6: Evolutionary and Animal Physiological Ecology: Students understand the research program of evolutionary and animal physiological ecology.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 510

    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: 79

    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).

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

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Academic Requirements

Candidates intending to participate in the programme must have at least a Bachelor's degree in the social or human sciences, or related field. All courses, the Intensive Programme and the MA thesis are in English, and therefore a fluent knowledge of the language is necessary. Language proficiency should be certified. See required documents. Knowledge of other foreign languages is useful.

Required documents *All documents must be uploaded into the Online Application Tool.
  • Motivation letter (to be written in the Online Application Form)
  • Original University Diploma and certified English translation if needed
    * If you have not yet completed your Bachelor degree before the deadline, please include a statement from your university with your expected graduation date.
  • Original Academic Transcripts and diploma supplements (if available) in English or certified translations thereof
  • Original High School Diploma and certified English translation if needed (applies only for Poland)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A scan of your valid passport or identity card
  • English proficiency test certificate - if applicable
    *Cambridge Advanced Exam; TOEFL score of 237 in a computer-based test, 95 in internet-based; IELTS mark 6.5, university-level studies in English or English philology
  • A scanned passport photo; 3 passport-sized photos must be submitted if accepted to the programme
  • 2 reference letters (academic and/or professional) from the referees you have listed in the application form.
    * The original sealed letters must be sent directly to the Main Consortium address where they will be scanned and uploaded.
  • Affidavit of finances and bank statements (for nationals from non-EUcountries).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 2200 International


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