University of Oulu

Ecology and Population Genetics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The Ms in Ecology and Population Genetics master degree at University of Oulu offers a unique combination of studies in ecology, population genetics and molecular ecology with emphasis in northern issues. The study programme is a combination of field work in the arctic and subarctic and in old-growth boreal forests and mires as well as molecular lab work.

About

International master’s degree programme in Ecology and Population Genetics (ECOGEN) is a two-year programme concentrating on conservation issues and population genetics of endangered animals and plants. The programme will give you relevant skills and core knowledge of the latest methods and tools in:

  • molecular ecology
  • microbial ecology
  • metagenomics and microbiomes of organisms
  • conservation genomics of large mammals
  • distribution history of plants and their phylogeography
  • bioinformatics

The skills gained in the master’s programme delivered at University of Oulu offer you a solid academic training and essential knowledge on wildlife conservation ecology and genetics, as well as their management. After graduation you are capable of evaluating risks, conducting management on small populations of endangered species, and doing research in the field and in lab. You are able to use molecular and bioinformatic tools.

Possible titles include:
  • project manager
  • researcher
  • planning coordinator of conservation issues
  • conservation biologist

Students applying for the programme must have a B.Sc. degree in biology or in closely related fields.

Programme Structure

The two-year programme has two specialisation options:

  • Ecology
  • Genetics
Optional courses make it possible to widen your expertise into:

  •  aquatic ecology
  •   microbial ecology
  • conservation ecology
  •  restoration ecology
  • plant evolutionary genomics

The master’s programme is based on high quality and productive research in the fields of evolutionary ecology and genetics. Field research stations in natural reserves as well as Biodiversity Unit offer great opportunities for courses and research. Study environment is multicultural. ECOGEN provides positions as a trainee or a master’s thesis student, and an excellent background for PhD studies. 

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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    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:

    92

    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

  • The applicant must have a B.Sc. in biology, or a closely related subject, with excellent grades.
  • A good working knowledge of English. English language skills can be proved by official language exam or by having 20 ECTS credits of studies conducted in English language in a higher education institution in Finland.
  • Prerequisite studies, either completed as a part of the B.Sc. degree or to be completed during the M.Sc. period (bridging studies), corresponding: Cell biology, Basics of ecology, General genetics, Experimental course in general genetics, Animal physiology, Biogeography, Evolution and systematics of organisms, Basics in functional plant biology. Basic studies in statistics, chemistry and biochemistry are also required.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Oulu

660 - 1040 EUR/month
Living Costs

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

Funding

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