Ecology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • 12000
    Tuition (Year)
    1984
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam masters’ programme in Ecology and Evolution has an explicit research oriented character and is designed to provide the students the knowledge, skills and insights to operate as an independent professional scientist in the fields of Ecology and Evolution and to become a promising candidate for a subsequent PhD position or other research related function in a fundamental or applied ecological field.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

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 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 ecosystems’ 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 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.

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 as researchers 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
  • Teaching

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses included:
Compulsory courses
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Soil-Plant-Animal Interactions or Current Trends in Evolution
  • Masterclasses in Ecology and Evolution
  • Scientific Writing in English
Elective courses
  • Soil-Plant-Animal Interactions
  • Current Trends in Evolution
  • Evolution of Species Interactions
  • Spatial Processess in Ecology and Evolution
  • Ecosystem Services and Scientific Advocay
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Environmental Genomics and Adaptation

Detailed Programme Facts

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      • International

      • EEA

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    120 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Academic Requirements

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

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12000 International
  • EUR 1984 EEA
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Funding

Scholarships / Grants:

European Commission:
The Alban Scholarship programme aims at the reinforcement of the European Union-Latin America cooperation in the area of Higher Education. * for postgraduate studies. * for specialization studies at any of the eligible recognised organizations of Higher Training (companies included).
For additional information: Website

Asian Development Bank:
This scholarship aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB's developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science & technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region.
For additional information: Website

Nuffic:
The NFP is for mid-career professionals who are nationals of and working and living in one of the NFP countries. NFPs are fellowship programmes designed to promote capacity building within organizations in 60 developing countries by providing training and education to their mid-career staff members.
For additional information: Website

China Scholarship Counsil:
The scholarship programme is designed for good quality Chinese students who want to study or do research in the Netherlands for an academic year either during or after their studies in China. The main purpose of the China Programme is the exchange of talented Chinese and Dutch students.
For additional information: Website

Neso Indonesia:
StuNed Scholarships for Master studies, short courses and customized training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years work experience in a development-related organization.
For additional information: Website

Nuffic:
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (Ford-IFP) provides opportunities to exceptional individuals for advanced study. If you are a resident of an eligible IFP country and would like to study in Europe, Nuffic can act as a placement partner for you.
For additional information: Website

Fulbright/NAF:
The Fulbright Center is a bi-national, non-profit organization established by international agreement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of The Netherlands. It promotes educational co-operation and provides information on study, research and internships in the United States.
For additional information: Website

Nuffic:
Following a decision by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Dutch cabinet called for the termination of the Nuffic-run HSP and Libertas Support Fund as from 01-01-2012. This has no consequences for students currently receiving a scholarship or for the current application round.
For additional information: Website

:
Successful applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program will be awarded funding covering all tuition and admission fees, as well as housing and subsistence allowance. Travel expenses between the awardees' home countries and Tokyo will also be provided.
For additional information: Website

World Bank:
VU University Amsterdam awards its own scholarships to outstanding students joining our international Master's degree programmes. The VU Fellowship is an amount of money between 2.500 and 15.000 Euros to cover a part of the study expenses. The general criteria for selection are excellence, motivatio
For additional information: Website

United Nations:
The Alban Scholarship programme aims at the reinforcement of the European Union-Latin America cooperation in the area of Higher Education. * for postgraduate studies. * for specialization studies at any of the eligible recognised organizations of Higher Training (companies included).
For additional information: Website

VU University Amsterdam:
The Alban Scholarship programme aims at the reinforcement of the European Union-Latin America cooperation in the area of Higher Education. * for postgraduate studies. * for specialization studies at any of the eligible recognised organizations of Higher Training (companies included).
For additional information: Website

:
The Alban Scholarship programme aims at the reinforcement of the European Union-Latin America cooperation in the area of Higher Education. * for postgraduate studies. * for specialization studies at any of the eligible recognised organizations of Higher Training (companies included).
For additional information: Website

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