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Biological Sciences: Ecology and Evolution (track)

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The aim of the two-year track Ecology and Evolution in the Master's programme Biological Sciences is to promote understanding of the relationships between living organisms, the evolution of species and the function of ecosystems, in order to contribute to more sustainability on earth.

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What is this programme about?
Students and lecturers from the track Ecology and Evolution tell you what you can expect from this programme and discuss career opportunities once you have graduated.

Is Ecology and Evolution the study for me?

Ecology and Evolution at the UvA is the study for you, if you

  1. are looking for expert training to thoroughly understand how plant and animal species originate and together shape communities that inhabit the ecosystems on our planet;
  2. want to explore the options to improve and protect the earth's biodiversity;
  3. are interested in a wide choice of courses and internships in the Netherlands, Europe or anywhere in the world. 

What does Ecology and Evolution at the UvA have to offer me?

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). 

The following research areas are offered at the University of Amsterdam:

  • Biodiversity and conservation biology
  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • Evolution of behavior and species interactions
  • Genetics and genomics of adaptation
  • Impact of climate change and anthropogenic disturbance
  • Landscape genetics
  • Macro-ecology
  • Paleoecology
  • Population management and biological pest-control
  • Social evolution

Course teaching in this track is shared with the MSc Ecology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Therefore, as a Biological Sciences student you benefit from the expertise, networks and research projects at both universities.

Tuition fee

Paying the tuition fee is an important step in completing your enrolment. Other costs to keep in mind when planning your university budget include housing, living expenses, and learning materials such as books, stationary and a laptop.

Research projects

Become part of the world-wide research network in Ecology and Evolution

Master’s students in Ecology and Evolution have many internship options at prestigious affiliated institutes in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and abroad, such as:

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Biological Sciences
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60707