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Studying Ecology at the VU Amsterdam

If this is an area that interests you, and you want to make a contribution to science and sustainability, a Master’s programme in Ecology at VU Amsterdam is for you.
You'll study ecology from a plant, animal, fungal, bacterial and systems perspective. You’ll also explore ecological and evolutionary processes at a molecular level and on a regional and global scale. In addition, you’ll carry out field observations and experiments to identify evolutionary and/or ecosystem patterns and functions.

 

The Master takes two years and is taught in English. In the first year you’ll  study ecology and evolution, as well as undertake your first internship. In the second year you’ll choose one of the following specialisations: 

  • Ecology & Evolution
  • International Master Biodiversity, Ecology & Evolution (IMABEE)
  • Science Communication
  • Science in Society
  • Science Education

 


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Course Content 

This Master's programme in Ecology combines the expertise of two universities: the VU and the UvA (University of Amsterdam). The VU organises half of the courses, the UvA the other half. Lecturers from both universities are involved in all courses. You will carry out two research projects and create your personal scientific profile dependent on the courses and specialization you choose.

 

You will be taught in English. The two-year programme offers you a broad package of courses and research projects, forming the theoretical foundation of the  Master's degree and providing you with the necessary professional skills.  You’ll share classes with students from the partner university. The teachers are enthusiastic  and will motivate you and tell you about their field with a lot of passion. Due to the small scale of the programme, there is a lot of personal contact between teacher and student.

 

Students of each university are automatically registered as ‘bijvakstudent’ (external student) at the other university. 


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Career prospects

Since this Master’s programme has a strong research bias, it gives you the skills, knowledge and insight you need to work independently, either to carry out professional research in a PhD programme or embark on one of the many career paths outside academia.

 

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start a PhD research project


You can build on your knowledge with a PhD position. About 50% of our students continue with a PhD after graduation, in the Netherlands or abroad.  With the VU’s Master’s degree in Ecology you will have access to a number of national and international PhD degree programmes. Our department’s PhD programme is part of the graduate school Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC) and consists of a research project that leads to a PhD thesis/dissertation, and several compulsory or optional course modules. You can find more information about PhD programmes and Research Schools here:

 

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With a Master’s degree in Ecology you can follow a broad range of career paths. Some find a position in R&D-related research and others in organisations for policy development, nature management, education or environmental consultancy. Its scientific nature gives this Master’s many career applications outside academia.


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Admission requirements

The Ecology programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

In order to gain admission to the  Ecology Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. A Bachelo's degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

 

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Science & Mathematics

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 15320 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Science & Mathematics

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 15320 EUR / year

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