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Degree. Master of Science (two years) with a major in Biology. Teaching language. English. The Applied Ethology and Animal Biology master’s programme deals with animal behaviour and biology from an application perspective, including problems associated with keeping animals in captivity. Read more
Degree: Master of Science (two years) with a major in Biology
Teaching language: English

The Applied Ethology and Animal Biology master’s programme deals with animal behaviour and biology from an application perspective, including problems associated with keeping animals in captivity. Students gain a good working knowledge of the programme’s central issues, such as the biology of stress as related to animal welfare, the effects of domestication on behaviour, the physiology of behaviour and conservation biology.

The programme is taught in collaboration with Kolmården Zoo, one of the largest and most renowned zoos in Sweden. A number of teaching sessions are held at the zoo where students acquire first-hand knowledge from experienced zoologists.

The programme provides students with a solid understanding of the theory and methods of applied ethology and broadens their understanding of animal biology through courses such as Behavioural neurobiology, Adaptation: molecules to organisms, Zoobiology, Primate ethology and In situ conservation biology. In addition to classroom lectures and seminars students are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on projects involving studies of animals in captive environments.

The key part of the programme is the one-year degree project where students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge in practice.

The two years are linked by a continuous seminar course in Current Concepts in Life Sciences, which introduces students to the current, rapidly evolving research in molecular genetic mechanisms underlying complex biological processes. This course involves research articles and research lectures by prominent guest speakers.

After completing the programme, students will be well-acquainted with theories of animal behaviour and biology and have a close understanding of the concepts of animal welfare and conservation, as well as be trained to plan, implement and present a scientific investigation in the subject framework of the programme.

Completed studies qualify students for postgraduate education at doctoral level. Non-academic options include work at government and international animal or environmental agencies, as animal welfare inspectors, wildlife conservationists or advisors to zoos and private companies.

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The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master’s programme prepares students for a scientific career within the broad field of Life Sciences, with particular emphasis on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms related to health and diseases. Read more
The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master’s programme prepares students for a scientific career within the broad field of Life Sciences, with particular emphasis on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms related to health and diseases.

The Experimental and Medical Biosciences master's programme is designed to provide students with frontline knowledge in biomedicine and related subjects. The aim of the programme is to mix theoretical knowledge with practical skills and is most pronounced in the individual experimental projects done during the first and second year of studies.

The programme is newly designed but has evolved from two previous master’s programmes at Linköping University: Medical Biosciences, and Molecular Genetics and Physiology. Previously existing courses have been further developed and new ones have been created to meet the rapid development within the area. This means that the experiences from previous programmes and the novelty of a newly improved and updated programme are united.

Courses are taught using a multitude of formats, including regular lectures, tutorial groups with Problem-Based Learning methodology, laboratory work and seminar discussions. The laboratory classes use powerful model systems to illustrate modern concepts of medical biology and Problem-Based Learning promotes lifelong learning. After two initial, mandatory courses, the choice of elective courses offers individual study plans and flexibility in creating a profile that increases employability for all students within the area of Life Sciences. Different areas, such as: Cardiovascular biology, Stem cells and Applied Regenerative Medicine, Medical Genetics, and Neurobiology are covered (for a summary of all courses, please see the curriculum), but there is also a special emphasis on scientific reasoning, ethical attitudes, and multidisciplinary collaboration in order to prepare students for an independent and professional future in the field of biomedicine.

Individual projects in which students apply their theoretical and methodological knowledge in practice are key parts of the programme. During the first year, the Project in Experimental and Medical Biosciences will allow students to work with a specific assignment for ten or twenty weeks. During the second year, a one semester Degree Project (Master Thesis) is done. For both projects, chosen in collaboration with the project supervisor, the aim is to define a research goal, carry out the experimental project and produce a written synthesis of the data generated in relation to the current knowledge within the field. The degree project is conducted in a research laboratory, either at Linköping University, or at other Swedish or international universities, in the industry or in the public administration sector.

Double degree programme: An extra feature of the programme is the possibility for a limited number of students to study the second year in Vienna, Austria. Apart from the experience, an additional degree, is earned - Master of Science in Engineering. In contrast to the research oriented environment in Linköping, the studies at the University of Applied Science Technikum Wien within the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine programme, have a strong link to the industry.

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The Ecology and the Environments master's programme prepares students for work with the management of ecosystems, ecological communities and populations based on a thorough knowledge of ecological concepts and theories.. Read more
The Ecology and the Environments master's programme prepares students for work with the management of ecosystems, ecological communities and populations based on a thorough knowledge of ecological concepts and theories.

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Based in contemporary experimental, theoretical and computational techniques in physics, this programme focuses on future scientific solutions and technological innovations. Read more
Based in contemporary experimental, theoretical and computational techniques in physics, this programme focuses on future scientific solutions and technological innovations. Particular emphasis is placed in the areas of materials physics, biotechnical physics, and theory and modelling. Examples of current engineering pursuits are the next generation batteries to power cars and smartphones, nanosized colour routing antennas and Lab-on-a-Chip solutions.

Programme description

Competence in physics is of utmost importance in a range of interdisciplinary research and development areas and this programme gives you a broad and solid introduction to the experimental, theoretical and computational physics that forms the basis for the advanced technologies of today and tomorrow. The programme has a firm basis in condensed matter physics and facilitates contemporary experimental, theoretical and computational techniques in the materials science and biotechnology fields.

The materials physics profile area focuses on using a variety of tools for the experimental study of a wide range of materials. Examples of research activities in this field include studies of disordered materials such as glass or various forms of soft materials, energy related materials such as lithium batteries, hard materials and materials for specific applications such as solar cells.

In biological physics, researchers apply physical methods to study biological systems and interfaces between biological systems and inorganic structures. Work includes several experimental techniques ranging from quartz microbalances to microscopic and other optical methods, and covers many length scales from biomolecules through cells to the tissue level.

In theory and modelling, research is concentrated to computational materials physics where advanced computational methods are used to relate atomic scale description to macroscopic phenomena, and in theoretical nanophysics where a combination of analytical and numerical methods are used to analyze the behavior of nanostructures.

The programme has no compulsory courses and by choosing from a wide array of elective courses, you have the opportunity to fully tailor your own master’s degree. This provides you with an ideal preparation for careers in industry and academia, both nationally and internationally.

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The programme focuses on the interface between chemistry, biology and medicine, with engineering as a common working tool. It provides students with competencies on how to use engineering principles in the analysis and manipulation of biological systems to solve problems across a spectrum of important applications. Read more

Programme aim

The programme focuses on the interface between chemistry, biology and medicine, with engineering as a common working tool. It provides students with competencies on how to use engineering principles in the analysis and manipulation of biological systems to solve problems across a spectrum of important applications.

The programme thus covers the broad base of knowledge from genetics to process engineering provided by expertise from the Departments of Biology and Biology Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Applied Physics, at Chalmers, and the units of Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, at the University of Gothenburg.

Why apply

In recent decades, gene modification has revolutionized the biotechnology industry, giving rise to countless new products and improving established processes. However, biotechnology as practiced today is much more than recombinant DNA technology, cellular biology, microbiology and biochemistry.

It also embraces process design, engineering, modelling and control.

The practical applications of biotechnology include age-old techniques such as brewing, fermentation and cheese making, all of which are still important today. The introduction of new techniques based on fundamental biological research has resulted in major advances. Microorganisms and cells (or parts thereof) are utilized to produce valuable products, and new medicines are products of biotechnology.

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Society faces immense challenges arising from pressure on the environment and the natural resources such as climate change, chemical risks and resource constraints on land, materials and energy. Read more
Society faces immense challenges arising from pressure on the environment and the natural resources such as climate change, chemical risks and resource constraints on land, materials and energy. The complexities of these issues including technology development, social change, economic growth and environmental policy have created an increasing demand for knowledge and skills in the field of Industrial Ecology. Engineers from the industrial ecology programme analyze and contribute to sustainable technical solutions in industry, consultancy, governmental agencies and research.

Programme aim

The programme aims to equip students with the competencies, knowledge and tools needed to analyze environmental impacts and resource constraints, to suggest and develop measures and to plan, lead, evaluate and follow up the effects of measures related to for example product development, land and resource use, energy systems, and large-scale urban planning processes.

Industrial Ecology provides a solution-oriented engineering approach to environmental and sustainability problems. Hence, while it is important for graduates of the programme to have gained a broad understanding of environmental problems in nature, they should become experts in analytical tools that facilitate the suggestion of relevant measures or policies.
[[Who should apply ]]Students who wish to develop analytical skills and learn tools that enable a professional career in a field where they can make a difference for sustainable development, including environmental strategy, research and assessment at more than one level in society, from more traditional engineering problems to changing industrial practice or international negotiations and policy making.

The programme welcomes students from all fields of engineering as well as other relevant backgrounds including architecture, environmental science, physics and chemistry.

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Many future applications within electronics, telecommunication, information systems, medicine, and natural or artificial biosystems build upon progress in nanoscale technologies. Read more
Many future applications within electronics, telecommunication, information systems, medicine, and natural or artificial biosystems build upon progress in nanoscale technologies. On the nanoscale, new physical, chemical, and biological properties become important, and research often takes place on the borders between these disciplines. Proficiency in theoretical and practical aspects of these fields will therefore be important both within the industry and the academia. The nanotechnology programme is based on both physics and chemistry and will give you a thorough, yet advanced knowledge of the nanoscale system properties.

Programme description

Besides equipping you with a solid theoretical background in the physics, chemistry and technology of nanoscale systems the programme will also provide you with unique competencies, such as knowledge of the innovative possibilities of nanotechnology and ample hands-on experience in experimental techniques. You will be working in the MC2 cleanroom environment (one of few cleanrooms worldwide to allow Master's level student projects in the facilities) and other modern laboratories for both manufacturing and analysis, already during your first year. You will have the possibility to continue working in the laboratories as part of your Master's thesis.

Science on the nanoscale is typically carried out either in a “bottom-up” approach, where functional nanostructures are formed through molecular interactions, or by nanostructuring in a “top-down” approach. The core curriculum consists of a handful of compulsory courses that create a solid basis for both approaches. The programme also includes several semi-compulsory courses, creating a number of possible tracks within the program, as well as a number of courses that can be chosen to provide you with a deeper knowledge of your choice of area within nanotechnology. The conclusion of the programme consists of a thesis based on a half- or full-year research work carried out with some of the researchers in the area, either within our departments or with industrial partners.

The research conducted comprises three profile areas:
Nanophysics research, with a top-down perspective, includes studies of engineered nanosystems such as quantum computers, nanoelectronics and spintronics, applications and fundamental science of carbon nanotubes and graphene, nanosensors for bioanalytics and measurement technologies, and nano-optics with applications in, e.g. efficient solar energy production.

Nanochemistry, with a bottom-up focus, targets the ultimate miniaturization of electronics and photonics, molecular electronics, and the development of molecular methods to create nanodevices.

The Nanobiophysics activity, which forms a bridge between the other two and focuses on nanofluidics, soft matter nanotechnology, DNA-based self-assembly and biomimetic material science.

As a unique feature of the programme you will become part of this research and have access to our cleanroom and other world-class facilities for labs and group projects.

The Master’s Programme in Nanotechnology is tailored towards students aiming at international careers in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, both in fundamental nanoscience and in the design and creation of components on the nanoscale.

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