Erasmus Mundus master's programme in evolutionary biology

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Erasmus Mundus Evolutionary biology

The Erasmus Mundus master's programme in evolutionary biology (MEME) is an international edcuation programme in evolutionary biology connected to the EU mundus scholaships. MEME connects areas such as evolutionary ecology, genomics, macro evolution and developmental biology. 

Read more on the MEME website.

Programme information

The Erasmus Mundus master's programme in evolutionary biology, MEME, was previously a two-year specialisation within the master's programme in Biology and is now a master's programme for talanted and motivated students who are interested in understanding evolution in all its aspects. The programme focuses on modern evolutionary theory were interaktions between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environments are studied. In additon to understanding the origin and development of life, evolutionary processes and patterns we see today are adressed. 

Evolutionary biology isn't only of interest for evolutionary biologists. To understadn most biological processes, we need to put them in an evolutionary context - this has been all the more apparent. Evolutionary thinking is therefore essential for understanding other areas, such as ecology, developmental biology, biogeography, phylogeny, genomics, bioinformatics and systematics. It is also important of other disciplines, such as epidemiology, microbiology and immunology. Even non-biological fields such as economics, informatics, sociology, langauges, anthropology use evolutionary principles and theories. 

MEME is a joint project comprising four European universities: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Münich, Germany; Université Montpellier 2, France; Uppsala universitet, och Universite Lausanne, Switzerland, with opportunities to study one term on exchange at Harvard University, USA.  


The education is closely connected to current research. All teachers are active scientists with extensive expertise. Vi are committed to training you as a student in a scientific mindset and you will receive insight into the latest research. The teachers on the programme are open to discussions and we expect that you as a student are active during lectures and labs. 

You will receive comprehensive factual knowledge and you are often given the opportunity for practical training in labs and excursions in the programme. You will also receive training in problem solving, analytical thinking and working scientifically both by yourself or in groups. 

As a biology student, you will also receive systematic communication training - which is increasningly requested by employers. Oral and written presentation exercises is an integrated part of the education as well as discussions and debates. 

The programme has a strong international profile and is given in English. 

The degree

The programme lead to a Master of Sceience degree of 120 credits, specialising in Biology. Completed studies also leads to a Master's degree at any University part of the MEME collaboration.