M.Sc. Water and Environment Specialisation (former Environmental Sciences)

Radboud University | Nijmegen , Netherlands
If Environmental Sciences is your passion, the specialisation Water and Environment would be a great choice. This track aims at the insight needed to tackle problems such as climate change, flooding, eutrophication, chemical pollution, habitat fragmentation and bio-invasions. We provide you with the laboratory, field and assessment tools needed to protect ecosystem and human health in the context of multiple environmental pressures. After completing this track of Water and Environment you will have the qualifications needed for positions at research institutes, industry, consultancies, universities, governments and other scientific and management oriented organisations.

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If Environmental Sciences is your passion, the specialisation Water and Environment would be a great choice. This track aims at the insight needed to tackle problems such as climate change, flooding, eutrophication, chemical pollution, habitat fragmentation and bio-invasions. We provide you with the laboratory, field and assessment tools needed to protect ecosystem and human health in the context of multiple environmental pressures. After completing this track of Water and Environment you will have the qualifications needed for positions at research institutes, industry, consultancies, universities, governments and other scientific and management oriented organisations.

Students can specialise in one of three sub-tracks:

  • Nature and Water Management (NWM)
  • Human and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA) of chemicals, carried out together with the Radboud University Medical Centre
  • Transnational Water Managemet (TWM): which is also an international joint degree Master's programme set-up together with the University of Duisburg-Essen (in Germany)

If you choose to follow this sub-track of Transnational Water Management, you will spend half of the study time in Radboud University, and other half - in University of Duisburg-Essen. In addition to that, after successfully completing the Master studies you will receive a Double Master's degree from both universities. Follow the link above to learn more about the programme and application details of this joint degree programme.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline EEA: May 1; Non-EEA: June 30
Tuition fee
  • EUR 10260 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

You can choose one of the following specialisations:

Adaptive organisms
This track has its prime focus on processes at the sub-organismal level. Using the latest molecular and physiological tools the adaptations of organisms to environmental stresses are studied. The regulatory mechanisms are understood, including the genetic constraints, the physiological plasticity and the evolutionary history of the responses of organisms that we see.

Communities and Ecosystems
This track focuses on the ecology of units of interacting individuals, in populations, communities and ecosystems. The biodiversity is analysed and functionally related to the hydrology, nutritional status and landscape configuration of the ecosystem. Ecogenomics tools are applied to obtain information on unknown components such as microbial composition or evolutionary history of populations.

Water and Environment (Environmental Sciences)
This track focuses on the insight needed to tackle problems such as climate change, flooding, eutrophication, chemical pollution, habitat fragmentation and bio-invasions. We provide you with the laboratory, field and assessment tools needed to protect ecosystem and human health in the context of multiple environmental pressures. If you wish, you can specialise in Transnational Water Management (TWM), an international program set-up together with the University of Duisburg-Essen, or in Human and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA) of chemicals, carried out together with the Radboud University Medical Centre.

Requirements

  • The equivalent of a Dutch Bachelor´s degree in Biology with relevant subjects. If you don´t have all the right subjects, you will need to catch up. You may take a maximum of six months for this and your success will be evaluated by the examination commission
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. In order to meet these requirements international applicants should have:
    • TOEFL score of >550 (paper based) or >213 (computer based) or >80 (internet based)
    • IELTS score of >6.0
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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