Limnology 2020/2021 (15 credits)

Autumn 2020, 100 %, Campus

Start date: 31 August 2020

End date: 25 October 2020

Application Deadline: 15 April 2020

Enrolment Code: UU-17418 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: Higher education credits in science and engineering (maximum 240 credits)

Entry Requirements: One of the following is required: (1) 80 credits in biology equivalent to the basic course in biology within the Bachelor Programme in Biology/Molecular Biology, or (2) 60 credits in chemistry and at least 15 credits in biology, or (3) 30 credits in earth science and at least 15 credits in biology, and in all three cases Floristics and Faunistics, 7.5 credits.


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 or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 32500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 32500

About the course:

The course deals with the structure and function of aquatic systems, including physical and chemical conditions, as well as the organisms and their interactions and role in ecosystems. Different types of ecosystems will be studied, such as nutrient poor forest lakes, low land lakes and running waters, including different habitats such as littoral zones, sediments and the open water mass. The organisms of study include phyto- and zooplankton, bacteria, fish and benthic fauna.

The course further gives an overview of problems in aquatic environments, such as eutrophication and acidification as well as effects caused by a changing climate. Besides providing knowledge about the ecological processes, the course gives knowledge about quantitatively important organisms as well as character species in different types of aquatic systems. We will also discuss the seasonal variation of organisms and its regulating factors, as well as microbial limnology and the role of bacteria in the cycles of important elements. The whole content of the course is synthesised during a terminal field course at the nutrient rich Lake Erken, 80 km east of Uppsala.

More information


Biology Education Centre

EBC, Norbyvägen 14 / BMC A8:1

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

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


Robert Malmgren


Telephone: +46 70 167 96 33