Ecosystems in the Anthropocene, 15 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Spring 2024, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 18 March 2024

    End date: 2 June 2024

    Application deadline: 16 October 2023

    Application code: UU-67440 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

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

    Registration: 19 February 2024 – 17 March 2024

Entry requirements: Completed courses of 120 credits including (1) 60 credits in biology and 30 credits in chemistry or 30 credits in earth sciences, or (2) 90 credits in biology, in both cases including either of the advanced courses Ecology 15 credits or Limnology 15 credits, or (3) 90 credits in earth science including Dynamics of Earth Systems - Global Change 10 credits.Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


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 36,250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 36,250

About the course

This course deals with the central role of humans in the Earth's ecosystems. We will address how different types of ecosystems react to large-scale human disturbances, such as through changes in climate, land use or biogeochemical cycles, and how those changes in turn affect humans. You will learn how human disturbance can be quantified, and about ecosystem resilience, planetary boundaries and social-ecological sustainability. Theory is blended with practical exercises such as role-playing, individual writing, a field course and computer exercises to help you acquire key skills for future work in the environmental sector

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Biology Education Centre

EBC, Norbyvägen 14 / BMC A8:1

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


Sebastian Sobek