Master (2 years) of Marine, Environmental or Animal Sound Communication and Behaviour, 120 ECTS
Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6640 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The Department of Biology has strong foundations in research with special focus on Environmental StressSound Communication and BehaviourEcologyEvolutionary BiodemographyArctic Biology and Earth Evolution. This Master programme is research driven and provides you with ample opportunity to specialise within the subject area that you are the most passionate about.

Career Opportunities  

Biologists are employed in positions within a wide range of biology areas ranging from biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies, nature and the environment to biological production within agriculture and the fishing industry.  Alternatively, the transferable skills you will obtain during completion of a biosciences degree will place you in excellent standing to enter professions such as management, journalism, medical laboratory work, forensic science or nature conservation.

Some choose to teach at upper secondary school, in connection with different forms of adult education or with communicating biological knowledge in the media and publishing worlds. 

If you want to work in research, a master’s from the University of Southern Denmark is an advantageous foundation to a PhD

About the programme  

This is a two-year programme. During the first year, the classes will insure that you achieve a broad suite of competences relevant to biology. During the second year, the primary emphasis is research, the result of which will become your individual MSc thesis.

You can choose to focus on the topics you find particularly interesting. You can either opt for a broad profile or specialise in one of the following fields:
•Animal sound communication and behaviour
•Environmental biology
•Marine science

The courses are mainly experimental, involve group work, and several include fieldwork, taking advantage of the easy access to our terrestrial, fresh water and marine field stations. 
You have a unique opportunity to obtain a commercial diving certificate as part of the MSc programme in Biology.  

Required courses:
 -Planning and evaluation of biological studies,               
-Field Course in Freshwater or Marine Biology


To be admitted to this programme, you must hold a bachelor's degree in biology or another degree based on at least three years of higher education after the high school level with good grades. Qualifications in biology corresponding to at least 60 ECTS, including the following subject areas:
•The structures and functions of biomolecules and cells.
•The systematics, structures, development and functions of organisms.
•The interaction between organisms and their environment.
•The evolution of life.  
Fundamental knowledge of mathematics, chemistry and statistics.
Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level.
Read about the language requirements of the University of Southern Denmark

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact The University of Southern Denmark directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students from outside the EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section: The Danish Higher Education System 

Spring - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Aug 01
Start date
Feb 01

Spring - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Nov 01
Start date
Feb 01

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Aug 24



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