Master's studies

NABiS - Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics - 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?

NABiS – Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics – 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.

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Collaborating Universities:
University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Stockholm University (Sweden), Uppsala University (Sweden), Lund University (Sweden), University of Oslo (Norway), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), University of Copenhagen (Denmark).


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

All specialisations of this programme


NABiS – Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics – is a specialisation within the Master Programme in Biology, and 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.


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

NABiS - Nordic Master in Biodiversity and Systematics

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M1131 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 that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
  • 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
More information about English language requirements

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

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