Sustaining natural biodiversity and protecting the environment is impossible without extensive knowledge of ecology and evolution.
The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) offers the state-of-the-art track Ecology and Evolution in the Master's programme Biological Sciences. The aim of this two-year programme is to promote understanding of the relationships between living organisms, the extinction and evolution of species and the functioning of ecosystems for a sustainable earth. Why the UvA? The Master's track Ecology and Evolution builds on the internationally renowned research of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). Teaching and learning activities are firmly integrated with the current research. Track-specific research can be fundamental (e.g. speciation, soil-plant-insect interactions, community dynamics, long-term (paleo) ecology) or applied (e.g. pest control, nature conservation, bird migration, ecosystem services).
Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands
Students in this track begin the programme with some coursework on cutting-edge topics in Ecology and Evolution, by the second semester they willacquire hands-on research experience in their first research projects. Indeed, most of the track's two years are devoted to developing the necessary research skills in projects of your own choosing, within the University of Amsterdam or abroad. A thesis completes the curriculum.
Based on their background and interests, students may specialise in one of six majors, teaching state-of-the-art insights into both fundamental and applied ecology and evolutionary biology. It is by no means necessary to pursue such specialisation - the majors described below also serve to showcase the foci of particular expertise in Ecology and Evolution available in the research institute IBED.
Students benefit from a tailor-made individual study programme in which they focus on topics of personal interest, choose from a variety of courses and a wide array of research projects that are carried out in Amsterdam or abroad (for examples please do have a look in our digital database of research projects).
The six majors are:
In general, Masters students are trained to become independent researchers. But at the UvA Faculty of Science you can also choose to complete your Masters programme with a professional specialization, that focuses on other skills than doing research.
There are three professional specializations available:
A Master of Science in Biological Sciences is awarded upon successful completion of the core courses in the curriculum (19 EC), elective courses (up to 11 EC), at least two independent research projects (in total at least 80 EC) and a written thesis (10 EC). This translates into a total of 120 ECTS credits.
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Grade average: Applicants are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalant to at least: 3.0 (American system) 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system) C (ECTS-system)
Additional language requirements:
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