The curriculum of the BEC programme consists of 120 credit points (Cp, ECTS), which includes general skills studies, advanced level courses in biology or environmental science plus master's thesis (40 Cp), as well as alternative studies of biology, environmental science, environmental law and policy, statistics, or sustainable development.

The programme consists of lectures, exercises, book exams and hands-on training in research groups. Students will achieve comprehensive knowledge in at least one specialized area of research (e.g. aquatic research, biogeochemistry, environmental ecology, or plant biology), generic core competencies for scientific research, and skills to apply field-specific methods in the laboratory.

The Master’s thesis includes an experimental element. The aim is to improve the student’s skills in data collection, data analysis and to evaluate the student’s ability to report and discuss the observed results scientifically in relation to existing data and knowledge.

In the beginning of the studies, a personal study plan (PSP) shall be prepared for each student with the assistance of the teacher tutors. In order to facilitate the preparation of the PSP, the courses are organised in modules based on their subject and level (basic/advanced).

Practical training in research institutes or other relevant work places (max 10 Cp) can be included in the degree. 

General structure of studies

MSc studies in BEC programme  120 Cp (ECTS) 

Advanced studies in Environmental science or Biology 

min. 80 Cp

Methodological studies

min. 8 Cp 

Minor or other studies

min. 25 Cp

Language and communication studies 

2 Cp