Master’s Degree Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


In the degree programme, organisms and the operational principles of the systems that their environments create are studied on the genetic, individual, population, colony and ecosystem levels. The students can specialise in the research of ecological interaction, conservation biology, biogeography or evolutionary genetics and ecology. The evolutionary point of view is the central approach in the studies.

The degree programme gives the students readiness to understand and analyse the adaptation of populations and the processes of population dynamics as well as the colonies’ ecological effects on different kinds of ecosystems both from the point of view of basic and applied research. Therefore, the degree programme offers theoretical and methodological readiness to researching and understanding the human impact on colonies and to solving the ecological problems that the human activities have produced.

Depending on the student’s planned career, the studies can focus on different things, for example, on land and aquatic ecosystems, plant and animal populations or on the phenomena of different biological organisation levels of life. In order to study in the degree programme, the student must have studied a sufficient amount of ecology, evolutionary genetics and courses in numerical processing of observation data at the Bachelor’s degree level. In the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Biology, these studies are included in the so called study track that leads to the Master’s Degree Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.