The Baltic Sea - Ecology and Natural Resources

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1BG507

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Biology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Biology Education Centre

Entry requirements

120 credits including (1) 60 credits in biology and 30 credits in chemistry or 30 credits in earth science, or (2) 90 credits in biology, in both cases, including a second course of 15 credits in ecology or limnology. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the Baltic Sea ecological system and different biotopes and processes governing them
  • analyse the ecological consequences of the use and exploitation of natural resources, such as fishing, in the Baltic Sea Region
  • describe the proliferation of pollutants and nutrients and analyse the effects in the Baltic Sea ecosystem
  • present and explain the environmental impact of shipping in the Baltic Sea
  • assess and compare different management models for the Baltic Sea ecosystem and for its natural resources
  • independently plan, conduct and analyse experimental investigations


The course provides an in-depth description of ecology, biodiversity and natural resources in different biotopes in the Baltic Sea. The course addresses how, for example, eutrophication, transport, fishing, and climate change affect the Baltic Sea area and especially its coastal regions. The course also provides examples of laws and international agreements in the subject area. In addition, examples of constructive solutions to environmental problems within river basins, coastal and offshore will be discussed. The course includes a field period with practical exercises in species and biotope knowledge, sampling in different environments and experimental investigations.


Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, field work, and group work.


The course is examined through a written exam (5 credits), participation in seminars and laboratory sessions (5 credits), and participation in field exercises and group work (5 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.