Master’s studies

Evolutionary Biology - Master Programme in Biology 2018/2019

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The Master Programme in Biology is a first-class programme that gives you the freedom to create your own profile. We offer a broad range of courses (both in class and individual) making it possible for you to improve your personal competitiveness. The required subject depth and complementary knowledge within your education opens up the job market for you. All teachers for the individual courses in the Master Programme in Biology are active scientists, ensuring that you will get an education that reaches to the absolute forefront of the respective field.

Why this programme?

The Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Evolutionary Biology, is characterised by the integration of field, laboratory and theoretical studies. Areas such as evolutionary ecology, genomics, macro-evolution, and developmental biology are embraced. Students may also turn towards biodiversity and systematics.

Uppsala University has been a major centre of biological research since the time of Linnaeus. This strong research tradition is manifested in the Evolutionary Biology Centre (EBC), where world-leading research ranges from ecology and biodiversity to evolutionary genomics and macroevolution.

All forms of life are linked back in time and have a common history. How they have developed, how they are related to each other and what processes that has affected and still affect the appearance of biological diversity are the core of this specialisation. The Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Evolutionary Biology, focuses on advanced level research and is conducted in collaboration with a similar specialisation at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Although the two programmes are separate, there are extensive possibilities for students to move between courses and supervisors at each university. There is also the possibility of research training in Groningen.

Teachers for the programme are active researchers, and as a student you will experience a close connection between research and education. You will gain first class subject knowledge, as well as training in analysis and problem solving. You will also come into daily contact with researchers in the front line of international science. You will be able to benefit from their knowledge, experience their respective research areas and gain access to international contacts. You will also have a personal mentor who helps you to discuss and plan your future career and your choice of courses and research projects.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Biology as the main field of study.

All specialisations of this programme


The subject content of the first course, Evolutionary Processes, is focussed on processes such as genetic drift, migration and natural selection and ecological factors such as population growth and regulation. After completion of the course you will have knowledge of the latest research in the border ecology - evolutionary genetics.

In the second course, Evolutionary Patterns, we look elsewhere and you will study how the processes put their imprint in the form of patterns that we can observe today at different levels (communities, populations and genes). 

After the first semester you will choose among our recommended courses according to your individual study plan. Since the specialisation is intended for you with plans for future graduate education, the Master's programme provides a solid background, as all courses involve researchers with world-renowned.

During the second year, you can study one or two regular courses, or combine a research training course with a degree project of 30 or 45 credits. This allows you to prepare well for an academic career as well as a career outside academia.


Learning experience

Biology instruction at Uppsala University is done in close connection to current research. All lecturers and tutors in the Master Programme in Biology are also active researchers in the field.

The courses provide factual knowledge and practical training in the form of laboratory work and field trips, as well as the ability to solve problems, think analytically and work scientifically. Communication training is integrated in the courses of the programme.

The Master Programme in Biology has a strong international character, and all courses are held in English. The Master Programme in Biology is a full-time programme. The duration of the Master Programme in Biology is two years, commencing from 3 September 2018 until 7 June 2020.


The Master Programme in Biology, specialising in Evolutionary Biology, is an entry port for PhD training in Sweden as well as abroad. Your most important merit in that respect are your degree projects. With a careful choice of the courses and topic for your degree project you will leave this specialisation with a solid theoretical knowledge regarding evolutionary processes as well as knowledge of the methods you need to study them.

As a biologist, you can also work as a teacher or science journalist.


You apply to all specialisations through except for the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME); for this specialisation you apply through

Evolutionary Biology

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1127 Application

Language of Instruction: English

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.
Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:
  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 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) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Contact and further resources

Biology Education Centre

EBC, Norbyv 14 / BMC, A8:1

Norbyv 14, 752 36 UPPSALA/Box 592, 751 24 UPPSALA

Fax: 018-471 4687 Fax: 018-471 4689


For programme-specific information, please contact: Brita Svensson

Telephone: +46 18 471 28 79

Questions concerning admission: Fredrik Sundström

Telephone: +46 18 471 48 35

For general information about Master's studies at Uppsala University, please send an email to: