Masters in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences



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Ecology is a bio-science that studies the interaction between organisms, plants and the environment in which they live, both biotic and abiotic. It analyses the structure, function and productivity of the supra-individual bio-systems, the populations and the mixed systems, known as the ecosystems. It also deals with environment protection, animal and vegetal biodiversity, genetic diversity, agriculture, and water purification or climate-change concerns.

Ecologists are mostly engaged in research, they analyse acquired data and provide reports about environmental issues. Professionals typically specialise in one ecological area such as aquatic ecology, biodiversity and taxonomy, conservation biology among others.

Ecology is mainly a descriptive and experimental science and it utilises methods from other disciplines including math, statistics, physiology and geology. Study programmes blend lectures with field practice, data collection, and lab research. Students assimilate core principals of environmental systems and learn how to apply them to real-world management issues, particularly in the conservation field and in the assessment of human impact in the natural world.

Graduates specialising in ecology practice in governmental agencies, in the private sector or in non-profit organisations. As environmental awareness is globally growing, the offer of "green jobs" is also increasing. Careers prospects include zoologist, conservancy officer, molecular biologist, laboratory manager or environmental consultant.

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Suggested Masters in Ecology

M.Sc. Communities and Ecosystems

In the Master's in Communities and Ecosystems, you will learn to unravel ecosystem dynamics in order to contribute to species protection and nature recovery. With strong ties to a well-established research group and personal teaching, you'll gain an extensive background in academic research, with a focus on the interplay between different components and cycles in an ecosystem.

M.Sc. Industrial Ecology (MIND) (Erasmus Mundus)

Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s programmes are co-operations between at least three European universities and can also include partner universities outside of Europe. Students in these programmes study at at least two European universities and receive either a double or a joint degree. The Industrial Ecology (MIND) (Erasmus Mundus) programme is offered at the Chalmers University of Technology.

M.Sc. Forestry and Natural Resources

With regard to resources of animals, plants, water and soil around us and the belief of sustainable management, our department focuses on discovering the structure, capability and diversity of ecosystems to use natural resources. The Forest and Natural Resources programme is delivered by National Ilan University.

M.Sc. Ecology

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam masters’ programme in Ecology has an explicit research-oriented character and is designed to provide its 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.