Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution (MSc)


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How long you will study
4 Semester

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study

Course starts
September, February

International course fees
EUR 14500 per year

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About Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution at Aarhus University

The International Master's in Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution - IMABEE - is a two-year research-oriented master's programme for talented and motivated students who want to understand and work in the field of biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. This is a joint programme between four European universities: the University of Rennes 1 in France, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the University of Göttingen in Germany, and Aarhus University in Denmark. On completion of the programme, students are awarded a double degree from the two partner universities selected.


IMABEE offers students the opportunity to compose an individual study programme in biodiversity, ecology, and evolution by combining elements from complementary programmes at the two selected partner universities. Students spend their first year at their home university, then the second year at their chosen host university among the four partners.

The Master's programme is built upon existing master's tracks within each partner university and involves three stages: a starting track during semesters one and two, advanced teaching modules in semester three, and a Master's thesis project in semester four.


As a student in the Master's programme at Aarhus University, you will have close contact with your lecturers, who are conducting their own research and working with the latest knowledge in their field. This gives you the opportunity to work with research groups and in an international research environment.

The Department of Bioscience, in which IMABEE is located, has a great student environment with both academic and social activities. The department has its own student-run newsletter, as well as a student committee that keeps students informed about departmental activities. Student organisations in the department organise academic activities, excursions, celebrations, and social events.


The IMABEE Master's provides students with an advanced understanding of biodiversity, ecology, and evolution by applying a multidisciplinary approach. Over and above general competence in academic approach and skills, graduates of the IMABEE Master's will acquire specific competencies and knowledge in the following areas: the main theories, concepts, and tools of scientific ecology, biodiversity, and evolution; methods of statistical analysis; modelling; molecular tools; sampling protocols; experimental techniques in situ or in the lab; field and lab observations; and long-term monitoring.

This international master's degree is designed to prepare graduates for the research activities carried out by researchers, engineers, and R&D managers, but it also offers the possibility of pursuing other careers such as ecological consulting or working in government institutions or local or regional public administration.

Graduates will be able to work in the fields of R&D, patents, technological monitoring, advice and expertise in public and/or private research structures, and also within a range of national and international institutions. IMABEE graduates will also be trained to efficiently start and handle a PhD project.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 semester
    Course startsSeptember, FebruaryDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesEUR 14500 per year

Notes about fees for this course

All EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are exempt from payment of tuition fees.

Entry requirements

In general, admission to a Master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish Bachelor’s degree in level and length (180 ECTS). All applications must also fulfil the English language requirements.

Find more information about the admission requirements, application procedure and deadlines at Aarhus University.

In addition, you must meet the specific requirements for the Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution programme, which can be found on the Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution study programme page.

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