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Ecology and Population Genetics

Ecology and Population Genetics (ECOGEN), Master of Science (2 years)

  • High quality research as a basis for ecology and genetics of endangered species. Shanghai Ranking´s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020: #151–200 Biological Sciences, #201–300 Ecology
  • Skills in ecology, molecular ecology and bioinformatics
  • Combination of field work in the arctic and subarctic and in old-growth boreal forests and mires as well as molecular lab work

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International master’s degree programme in Ecology and Population Genetics (ECOGEN) is a two-year programme focusing on conservation issues and population genetics of animals and plants. The programme will give you relevant skills and core knowledge of the latest methods and tools in:

  • biodiversity
  • molecular ecology
  • population and evolutionary genetics and genomics
  • metagenomics and microbiomes of organisms
  • conservation genomics of large mammals
  • population, conservation, and evolutionary ecology
  • distribution history of plants and their phylogeography
  • bioinformatics

The two-year programme has two specialisation options:

  • Ecology
  • Genetics

Optional courses make it possible to widen your expertise into:

  • aquatic ecology
  • microbial ecology
  • conservation ecology
  • restoration ecology
  • plant evolutionary genomics

The master's programme is based on high quality and productive research in the fields of evolutionary ecology and genetics. The unit's research groups study e.g. population, conservation and evolutionary ecology based on long-term population studies; population genomics of wildlife (e.g. large mammals and birds) and domestic animals; genomics and transcriptomics of plant-microbe interactions; biodiversity, genomics and behaviour of nsects; genomics of environmental adaptation as well as global change ecology encompassing both herbivore-plant-soil interactions and biogeochemical and water cycles.

As genetic methods are an essential part of the toolkit of modern biology in any area, the students are strongly encouraged to combine both ecological and genetic studies in their curricula.

Field research stations in natural reserves, such as Oulanka Research Station with long-term monitoring programmes and climate change manipulation experiments in boreal ecosystems host several field courses and opportunities for internships and practical training as part of research groups.

In addition, the Biodiversity Unit offers great opportunities for courses and research. ECOGEN provides positions as a trainee or a master’s thesis student, and an excellent background for PhD studies.

The skills gained in the master’s programme offer you a solid academic training and essential knowledge on wildlife conservation ecology and genetics, as well as their management. Graduates are capable of using ecological, molecular and bioinformatic tools and applying them to evaluating risks, conducting management of different types of biological populations, and doing research in the field and in the lab.

Possible job titles include:

  • project manager
  • researcher
  • planning coordinator of conservation issues
  • conservation biologist



Students applying for the programme must have a B.Sc. degree in biology or in closely related fields.

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