M.Sc. Ecology

VU University Amsterdam

Application deadline: Start in 1 September: July ().
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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.

The Master's in Ecology is designed to improve students' understanding both of how nature works and how we can apply appropriate measures to maintain biodiversity and combat the effect of pollution and climate change. It offers a unique course of study as ecology is studied from a plant's, an animal's and from a systems perspective. Ecological properties are determined starting from a molecular level, i.e. which genes trigger a response of an organism to environmental stress, and from field knowledge. Field observations are used to extract ecosystems' patterns and functions. As a Master's graduate in Ecology, you have a wide range of career options. The demand for ecologists is considerable these days. About 40 percent of our graduates continues their studies, pursuing a PhD project. Others find jobs in applied environmental sciences or with consultancy firms, dealing with topics like nature management and restoration, landscape planning, plant breeding, developing molecular tools to assess pollution, improving food quality, and identifying alternative energy sources.


Types of teaching (in year 1): * theory: 30%
* practice: 50%
* self study: 20%

Programme internationalization: * Studying abroad is recommended.
* The percentage of foreign students: 15%
* The percentage of foreign teachers: 0%
* The percentage of students abroad: 10%

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

Within the Masters programme in Ecology you can choose between three different specializations. Either one prepares you for a niche in the broad field of Ecology. You can choose between:Ecology and Evolution * 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.

Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology * 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.

Limnology and Oceanography (UvA) * The Limnology and Oceanography (UvA) track is an existing programme at the UVA studying the
* Biology, Chemistry and Physics of freshwater ecosystems (Limnology) and marine ecosystems (Oceanography).To participate in this programme you need to be registered as a MSc Biological Sciences student at UvA University.


Previous education: BSc Biology from a Dutch university or equivalent.

Written request: motivation, cv and references

Grade list: transcript of records

Additional language requirements:

* IELTS overall band: 6.5
* IELTS listening: 6
* IELTS reading: 6
* IELTS writing: 6
* IELTS speaking: 6
* TOEFL paper based: 580
* TOEFL computer based: 237
* TOEFL internet based: 93

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 93



Accredited by: NVAO in: Pays-Bas


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