Ecologists investigate the relationships between organisms and their environment. As a masterís student you will study how nature works. Both as an aim in itself to understand and explain why the world looks like this 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 ecosystemsí patterns and functions.
The Ecology and Evolution programme is a combination of the former VU Amsterdam Ecology and University of Amsterdam (UvA) Ecology and Evolution programmes. The programme 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 Amsterdam.
The Ecology and Evolution is a full-time, two year programme, comprising 120 ECTS and starting in September. The first four months of each year are spent on coursework. The remainder is spent on research projects and a literature survey.
As a Masterís 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 as researchers in applied environmental sciences and the remaining in societally related fields. They deal with topics like:
Deadline applies if you do not have the same nationality as the university.)
Deadline applies if your country of nationality is in the EEA (European Economic Area))
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Tuition fee for the international students.)
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
In order to gain admission to one of our Masterís programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelorís 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.
Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on theapplication page. All documents should be provided in English.
International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Netherlands when:
No work experience is required.
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