Restoration Ecology MSc
Want to learn ways to combat degradation and restore degraded ecosystems in a unique environment?
120 ECTS – MSc degree
The Restoration Ecology Master programme at the Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI) offers high quality two-year interdisciplinary science education and practical experience. The programme provides innovative insights and international knowledge from within the rapidly growing and increasingly urgent environmental discipline of Restoration Ecology, and a strong link to the professional and scientific community. It provides advanced, specialized training in restoration science and a hands-on approach to addressing pressing practical problems in a diverse, rewarding, and challenging environment. With an international focus, the programme provides preparation for a career anywhere across the globe where a highly qualified talent pool with deep understanding of restoration ecology theory and practice is urgently needed to restore and manage different types and scales of degraded ecosystems.
- 31st of January Non EU/EEA students
- 15th of April Icelandic and EU/EEA students
- a motivation letter
- transcripts of their bachelor diplomas
- proof of their English language proficiency
- copy of their passport
These transcripts and diploma supplements should be in the original language and in English, as a certified English translation.
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Late applications are not accepted.
Students do not have to find a supervisor prior to their application.
Iceland is a unique place to study within this rapidly growing field. Iceland’s ecosystems have undergone severe degradation since its first human settlement, due to unsustainable land use in combination with harsh climatic conditions and volcanic activity. Nationally coordinated efforts to combat soil erosion and restore lost and degraded ecosystems span more than 100 years. Iceland therefore offers substantial expertise and practical experience on the subject, with restoration projects spanning various scales and diverse ecosystems.
The Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI) has had a major role in scientific research, education, and training of professionals within the field for a long time. AUI also hosts UNESCO’s GRÓ Land Restoration Training programme in cooperation with the Icelandic Soil Conservation Service.
The Restoration Ecology programme at AUI is a two-year Master’s degree programme (120 ECTS) designed as a full time study.
The programme is composed of 60-90 ECTS worth of organized courses depending on the size of a final research project, where students can choose between a 30 or 60 ECTS thesis.
In addition to compulsory core courses, students can choose between a range of electives based on their area of interest, allowing for a good amount of flexibility and specialization within the field.
The programme has an international focus with courses generally taught in English.
The programme will help you gain the practical and theoretical skill-set necessary to set priorities, develop a structured approach to ecosystem restoration and critically assess their progress in highly complex and unpredictable environments, across different scales and with significant uncertainties.
The unique, interdisciplinary curriculum will produce graduates with an integrated body of knowledge and skills for advancing restoration ecology theory and practice.
You will learn the importance of and ways to adjust the restoration process based on monitoring and assessment by employing the principles of adaptive management, accounting for both the ecological and social context.
With an international focus, the programme provides preparation for a career anywhere across the globe where a highly qualified talent pool with deep understanding of restoration ecology theory and practice is urgently needed to restore and manage different types and scales of degraded ecosystems.
Why Restoration Ecology?
Ecological restoration and the academic field of restoration ecology, are increasingly considered crucial for combating environmental degradation such as desertification and loss of biodiversity, promote sustainable land use and mitigate climate change.
The United Nations have declared 2021-2030 as the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and the 2022 UNCCD Global Land Outlook has identified ecological restoration as a major path towards the recovery and resilience of Earth’s natural, social, and financial capital.