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MSc Applied Ethology and Animal Biology

Linköping University
4 semesters
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Application deadline: January 16th

About this program

MSc Applied Ethology and Animal Biology

For good animal welfare and husbandry, an understanding of animal behaviour and biology from an applied perspective is important. If you are interested in the well-being of animals and want to preserve biodiversity, this program is for you.

Zoo collaboration

The program is conducted in collaboration with Kolmården Wildlife Park, the largest and most renowned zoo in Scandinavia. Several teaching sessions are held at the zoo, where you acquire first-hand knowledge from experienced staff. You will gain in-depth understanding of the biology of stress and its role in animal welfare, the effects of domestication on animal behaviour, the physiology of behaviour, problems associated with keeping animals in captivity, and conservation biology.

Animal behaviour, interactions with humans

Courses are closely connected to ongoing research performed by teachers on, for example, how various genes influence animal behaviour, well-being and personality, the sensory world of mammals, and human-animal interactions. In addition to classroom lectures and seminars, you participate in several hands-on projects.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a major in the field of biology. The Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognised university.
  • 5 ECTS credits in the field of physiology.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test.

(Exemption from Swedish)

The deadline for submitting the online application is the 16th of January. The deadline for submitting all supporting documentation is the 1st of February. Documents that are submitted after the deadline will make the whole application late, and possibly not considered for most of the programmes.

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Program content

Semester 1

Period 1

  • Stress and Animal Welfare
  • Applied Ethology

Period 2

  • Behavioral Neurobiology
  • Behaviour Genetics

Semester 2

Period 1

  • Zoo Biology
  • Case studies in conservation and sustainable development

Period 2

  • Primate Ethology
  • Internship in Ethology
  • Degree project - Master’s Thesis

Semester 3

Period 1

  • Internship in Ethology
  • Degree project - Master’s Thesis
  • Degree project - Master’s Thesis

Period 2

  • Degree project - Master’s Thesis

Semester 4

Period 1

  • Degree project - Master’s Thesis

Period 2

  • Degree project - Master’s Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Linköping University (LiU) offers a limited number of scholarships to outstanding international students. For some programs and nationalities, it is also possible to apply for a scholarship through the Swedish Institute. There are also other funding opportunities for studies in Sweden.

For more information, please visit the website.


SEK 252000 - NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.


Master of Science in Biology, 120 credits

Career paths

As a graduate, you will be well-acquainted with animal behaviour and its underlying mechanisms. Career opportunities include, for example, animal welfare inspector, wildlife conservationist, or advisor for zoos, private businesses, and animal or environmental agencies. You will also be qualified to pursue PhD studies.

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Linköping University 

Linköping University (LiU) was granted university status in 1975 and today has 32,000 students. including 2,000 international students. LiU rank among more than 20,000 universities in the world, both as a young university and in several subject rankings, such as...

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Why study at Linköping University

Linköping University welcomes students from all over the world, and English is widely spoken everywhere by its 2,000 international students, or about 6% of its student population. Many doctoral students and researchers are international.

We rank highly: LiU has been named as one of the world’s 200 best universities in education, materials science, sociology and electrical and electronic engineering, according to this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Good prospects: A degree from LiU makes you a highly sought after employee. An impressive 88% of our students are employed within 18 months of graduating.

Research that makes a difference: What makes Linköping University special is the lack of boundaries between different subjects and faculties, which has resulted in world-leading research environments and companies as well as a number of truly cross-disciplinary study programs.

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581 83 Linköping

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