Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology - Master's Programme in Biology 2020/2021

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The Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME) is a specialisation within the Master's Programme in Biology, and linked to EU Erasmus Mundus scholarships. Applications for this specialisation are made at You apply for the programme and the scholarship simultaneously.

Why this programme?

The Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME) is a two-year research-oriented specialisation within the Master's programme in Biology aimed for talented and motivated students who are interested in understanding evolution in all its facets. Focus is on modern evolutionary theory where the interactions between organisms and their environment - biotic as well as abiotic - are studied. The evolutionary patterns and processes we see today are addressed to understand the origin and evolution of life.
The subject is of interest to many other fields. To understand most biological processes it has become increasingly clear that we need to place them in an evolutionary context. Therefore, evolutionary thinking has come into focus also for subjects such as ecology, developmental biology, biogeography, phylogenetics and, more recently, epidemiology, immunology, genomics, bioinformatics, and systems biology. In addition, evolutionary thinking is gaining a strong foothold in non-biological disciplines such as economics, informatics, robotics, medicine, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, psychology and even philosophy.

It is a joint project between four European universities: University of Groningen, Netherlands; Ludwig Maximillian's University of Munich, Germany; Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Montpellier 2, France, and Harvard University, USA
During the programme you can expect to:

  • work at two universities in two different countries (at least)
  • develop a large international network with researchers and fellow students
  • come close to and work with advanced level research
This specialisation within the Master's Programme in Biology is linked to the EU Erasmus Mundus scholarships. When applying for this specialisation you apply for the programme and scholarship simultaneously. Read more about its scope at MEME's web site.


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

All specialisations of this programme


As a student in this specialisation you begin your journey with one semester in either Groningen or Uppsala, and then you move to either Montpellier or Munich for your second semester. In the third and fourth semesters, you choose which partner university you want to carry out your individual research projects with. Upon completion of the programme, you are awarded a double degree from two universities.

Courses within the programme

See the outline for courses within the programme.

Learning experience

Biology instruction at Uppsala University is done in close connection to current research. All teachers for the individual courses in the Master's Programme in Biology are active scientists, ensuring that you will get an education that reaches to the absolute forefront of the respective 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 all courses of the programme.

The Master's Programme in Biology has a strong international character, and all courses are held in English.


This Master's degree is an entry port for PhD training in Sweden as well as abroad. Your most important merits in that respect are your degree projects. With a careful choice of the topics for your degree projects 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, including statistics.

Successful studies in this specialisation is an excellent basis for students who wish to pursue a research career (PhD) in any subject within the front-line of evolutionary biology.

Career Support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.


You apply for this specialisation through MEME's web site. When applying, you apply for the programme and scholarship simultaneously.

Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala, Groningen, Montpellier, Munich, Cambri...

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15


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: See for information about the selection procedure.

Contact and further resources

Is this programme right for you?


For programme-specific information, please contact: Brita Svensson or Fredrik Sundström

+46 18 471 28 79 (Brita) / +46 18 471 48 35 (Fredrik)

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Biology Education Centre

EBC, Norbyvägen 14 / BMC A8:1

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

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