Biology - Nabis - Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
Biology - Nabis - Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics from Uppsala University is a joint Master’s programme hosted by universities in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Each university offers courses for organisms where it has specialist competence. Combining courses (largely web-based) at different universities leads to a top-quality Master in taxonomy and systematics.


The areas of biodiversity and systematics concern the multitude of organisms living on our planet and their evolutionary relationships. Far from all organisms have been discovered and described, and among the organisms we know, classification is still ambiguous.

With molecular tools and morphological and anatomical observations, new species are continuously being identified and their relationship to other organisms disentangled. Molecular data also gives science an opportunity to answer fundamental questions about evolution. In this specialisation, students are trained to gain the systematic and taxonomic expertise needed in our society to be able to take action against the loss of biodiversity.


Biology - Nabis - Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics from Uppsala University is directed to those of you who are interested in a career as nature conservation managers (public administrators or private consultants), officers at governmental agencies or non-governmental organisations (World Wildlife Foundation, Nature Conservation Organisations, etc.) and managers of biodiversity infrastructures or want to pursue an academic career as museum curators or researchers.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Biodiversity - Identification
  • Identification of marine microalgae and macroalgae
  • Bryophyte morphology and identification
  • Insects: Inventory and identification
  • Diversity and identification of marine invertebrates
  • Fungal identification
  • Ornithological identification methodology
  • Biodiversity - Classification
  • Algal and microbial diversity
  • Fungal diversity and evolution
  • Plant systematics and diversity
For more information, please visit the programme website.

                        Detailed Programme Facts

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

                        English Language Requirements

                        You only need to take one of these language tests:

                        • Minimum required score:


                          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.

                          Book IELTS
                        • Minimum required score:


                          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:


                          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 Applies to you

                          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 Applies to you

                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
                        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                        • Application Fee: SEK 900
                        • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
                        • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

                        Living costs for Uppsala

                        • 7620 - 12070 SEK/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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