StrEAm Ecology

Master in Biology 180 ECTS
Stream Ecology
The educational program focuses on the ecology of streams and rivers,
but also includes how man affects different freshwater environments
and sustainable solutions for problems in these environments.
We are located on the banks of Scandinavia’s longest river, on the shores of
the EU’s largest lake. We have field studies located throughout Sweden, with
international cooperation throughout Europe and North America. We also
house the largest indoor stream aquarium facility in Sweden, where research
on stream ecology is conducted year round.
Close cooperation with faculty, researchers, and graduate students with a
strong commitment to stream ecology prepares you for further research or
for employment in Sweden and abroad.
Admission by 15 april!
The Studies
The programme is offered as both campus and distance studies with obligatory
examinations at Karlstad University about 2-3 occasions each semester. The
training focuses on the study of freshwater environments with special focus
on running water connected to the strong research environment at Karlstad
University. Particular emphasis is placed on studies of fish and other organisms
in the anthropogenically-influenced habitats and on the methods to solve applied
problems. The programme includes courses that certify certain specific areas in
studies of freshwater environments and thus enables consulting on advanced
level. You are also offered the opportunity to do thesis research connected to
ongoing research projects or in cooperation with one of our external partners.
Studies are conducted on the full-time schedule for two years. You plan, together
with a counselor, how your studies will be (an individual study plan submitted).
Professional Contact
Because the programme focuses on applied research projects, you gain
experience working with government, private, and non-profit agencies. You can
also choose yourself the extent to which your studies are linked to the labor
market through the elective courses you choose.
Autumn semester
Spring semester
Water Ecology
Free studies
Free studies
in a changing
methods in
Stream Ecology
Master Thesis
Admission to the programme requires Upper Secondary English course 5 or
equivalent, and a Bachelor degree of 180 ECTS credits including at least 90
ECTS credits in Biology, with a profile in Ecology.
Director of studies: John Piccolo [email protected]
Student councellor: Stina Eriksson [email protected]