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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolution (Joint Program UvA-VU)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolution (Joint Program UvA-VU)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2 Years


Full time

Request application deadline *

Sep 2024

EUR 2,314 / per year


* non-EU/EEA students: April 1 | EU/EAA students: June 1


How do organisms and their environment interact at both a molecular level and a global level?

If this is an area that interests you, and you want to make a contribution to science and sustainability, a Master’s program in Ecology and Evolution 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's 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 specializations:

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

The expertise of two universities is combined

This Master's program in Ecology and Evolution combines the expertise of two universities: the VU and the UvA (University of Amsterdam). The VU organizes half of the courses, and 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 program 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 program, there is a lot of personal contact between teacher and student.

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



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