This programme prepares students for working with the management of ecosystems, ecological communities and populations, based on a thorough knowledge of ecological concepts and theories. The programme has a critical scientific approach to ecology and to its applications in society. Students acquire training in experimental design, data interpretation, ecological fieldwork and theoretical modeling, both in a classroom setting and during hands-on field work. There is a strong focus on the practical application of ecological knowledge in society. Graduates will be qualified to work with environmental issues and conservation biology, for instance with sustainable use of natural resources in forestry, agriculture or limnology.