Sustainability in Nordic Agricultural and Forest Ecosystems

Course Package with three sub-courses.

A course based on outdoor studies in Horticultural, Agricultural, and Forest ecosystems in northern parts of Europe. Teaching outdoors will be followed up by indoor lectures, seminars and group discussions to deepen the knowledge.

Sustainable cultivation of crops is fundamental for the management of the natural resources of our planet. In this M.Sc. course, you will learn how to cultivate horticultural crops in a sustainable way and to make use of existing natural settings to create a milieu that is conducive to conserving species and the environment. The course integrates concepts in Horticulture with those of Conservation Biology. It addresses issues on how current and future challenges to our living environment can be met, and discusses options for creating long term solutions for the sustainable co-existence of humans and natural ecosystems, in a setting that ensures future food safety and security.

In the next block you will learn about plant and animal ecology in boreal forests. Students will learn about the impact of climate and geology in forming of the boreal ecosystems in Nordic countries. It addresses the human impact on the boreal forest ecosystem and the economic importance (both past and present) of forestry. During seminars, it will be discussed different measures to increase the biodiversity and resilience to perturbations in the boreal forest ecosystem. Student will also learn and discuss how to evaluate the possible effects of a changing climate on the ecological interactions in the Nordic Boreal forest ecosystems.

Sustainable use of natural resources is of highest importance for promoting a sustainable development. In this block, you will learn about environmental conditions of concern, both historical and current environmental issues, regarding sustainability in Nordic ecosystems. In the course it will discuss past and present environmental problems and propose ways to improve conditions. Different options for long term solutions in fishery, mining and forestry will be discussed. It will also include seminars on sustainable energy use, and the use of nature for recreation activities, as well as soil and land use in Swedish modern agriculture.

The course includes following blocks:

  1. Sustainable Horticulture and Conservation Biology 15 credits
  2. Biodiversity in Boreal Ecosystem 7,5 credits
  3. Advanced studies of Sustainability in Nordic Ecosystems 7,5 credits


Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Horticulture, Agriculture or equivalent education and English 6.


University credits


You apply to courses online at Application code HIG-18100. Application deadline is April 15, 2018.

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