M.Sc. Ecology

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
VU University Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Will climate change cause ecosystems to become less stable? How important is biodiversity? The Master's in Ecology offers further study of the functioning of earth's plants and animals.

Description of Ecology


Ecologists investigate the relationships between organisms and their environment. As a master’s student you will study how nature works. Both as an aim in itself and to develop the tools to predict and combat problems caused by pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. You will study Ecology from a plant, animal and systems perspective. Ecological processes are investigated from the molecular level on to the regional and global scale, where field observations and experiments are used to identify ecosystems’ patterns and functions.

Career prospects

As a Master’s graduate in Ecology, you have a wide range of career options. The demand for ecologists is considerable these days. About 50 percent of our graduates continues their studies, pursuing a PhD project. Others (10-15%) find jobs in applied environmental sciences and the remaining in societally related fields. They deal with topics like:

  • Nature management and restoration
  • Landscape planning
  • Plant breeding
  • Environmental consultancy

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1 September
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

  • The Ecology and Evolution specialization is a combination of the former VU Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam Ecology and Evolution programmes. The track offers a broad and varied package of courses from which you can chose to suit your own personal interests. You will share classes and teachers with students from the two universities. This is a unique opportunity to profit from the diversity in scientific expertise, teaching experience, research equipment and all other facilities the two universities can offer you. To participate in this programme you need to be registered as a MSc Ecology student at VU University.
  • The Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology is a new programme developed at the VU and UvA operating in the multidisciplinary fields of Ecology, Analytical Chemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Human Health Sciences.
To participate in this programme you need to be registered as a MSc Ecology student at VU University.

Requirements for Ecology

Step 1: Meet admission criteria

In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online

Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on theapplication page. All documents should be provided in English.

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Transcript (Provide a certified translation if it is not in English)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
  • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

Work Experience for Ecology

No work experience is required.

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