Ecology and Evolution, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
Which organisms are able to adapt to global change? How do birds decide when and where to migrate? How does selection shape the social structure of a population? During the two-year Master's programme Ecology and Evolution from the University of Groningen you will gain insight into the living organism in relation to its environment. 


Ecology and evolution are dynamic fields, which are rapidly developing due to recent advances in technology (e.g. genomics, GPS tracking, new simulation techniques, new methods to analyse 'big data'). Both fields play a crucial role in facing the grand challenges of our time, such as the development of realistic plans for coping with the implications of global change or the design of evolutionarily stable strategies for the set-up of a sustainable society.

Ecology and evolution are strongly interdependent: without ecology, we cannot really understand natural selection; and without evolution, we cannot really understand the properties of organisms and their interaction with the environment. 

The Master's degree programme Ecology and Evolution is offered by the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES), which conducts internationally recognized research in a unique diversity of areas relevant for ecology and evolution, including conservation biology, community ecology, evolutionary genetics and genomics, ecophysiology, evolutionary systems biology, behavioural ecology, and social evolution.

Job prospects

Graduates of the Ecology and Evolution programme from the University of Groningen who have chosen for the Research track often enter a PhD programme or join a research and development team in a company or research institute. Students who have chosen the Science, Business & Policy track find jobs (e.g. as science advisor) in a variety of fields, e.g. in governmental or non-governmental organizations, research institutions, museums, publishers or companies.


Programme Structure

Programme options:
  • Top programme Evolutionary Biology (specialization)
  • Science, Business & Policy (profile) 
  • Research profile (profile)
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Programme Evolutionary Biology (MEME) (specialization) 
Courses included:
  • Animal and Human Experimentation
  • Conservation Ecology Practices
  • Principles of Biological Oceanography
  • Principles of Marine Biology
  • Radioisotopes in Experimental Biology
  • Research Proposal Ecology and Evolution
For more information, please visit the programme website.

                    Detailed Programme Facts

                    • Programme intensity Full-time
                      • Full-time duration 24 months
                    • Credits
                      120 ECTS
                    • Languages
                      • English
                    • Delivery mode
                      On Campus

                    English Language Requirements

                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

                    • Minimum required score:


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                    Academic Requirements

                    Knowledge minimum

                    • English proficiency on VWO level is required.

                    Previous education

                      • A university Bachelor's degree in Biology including a specialization in Ecology or Marine Biology. 

                      Tuition Fee

                      • International Applies to you

                        14200 EUR/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                      • EU/EEA Applies to you

                        2006 EUR/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                      Living costs for Groningen

                      750 - 1000 EUR/month
                      Living Costs

                      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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