Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences
- Degree programme
- MSc Biological Sciences
- Regular study programme
- 120 ECTS, 24 months
- Language of instruction
- Starts in
- CROHO code
Reasons for studying plant life are abundant...
One of the reasons is to improve and secure the food supply for an increasing
world population. Other purposes for this kind of research could be identifying
new bioactive compounds to be used in ‘functional foods’ or as medication, and
production of renewable resources such as biofuels, fibers and plastics.
Imagine an outbreak of an unknown pest in Southern Spain that threatens the harvest of many tons of tomatoes. A typical problem a green life scientist might face. What should be done? With the latest technological tools the first aim would be to identify the culprit. Furthermore, questions rise such as: Is it likely that the pest will reach the Netherlands? Can breeding be steered to obtain resistant plants for the future?
The Green Life Sciences study programme gives you the opportunity to combine fundamental and applied training in chemical ecology, ecogenomics, biotechnology, plant breeding, phytopathology, pest control, cell and population biology. This enables students to develop an integrated view of the functioning of (plant) production systems, and to gain the skills required in modern research.
Why study Green Life Sciences at the University of Amsterdam?
- You are interested in general in how organisms function at a genetic, biochemical and cellular level and how this translates to their ecology and evolution.
- You want to learn how plants cope with abiotic stress such as drought or high salt levels in the soil, which is an increasing problem in agriculture.
- You want to investigate how pathogens and plagues (insects, mites) affect the plants’ immune system.
- You want to study how outbreaks of pests can be predicted and circumvented, and how natural enemies can be used for pest control.
- You want to become an independent researcher by taking part in internships with internationally renowned scientists.
- You have the ambition to get down to the core of a scientific problem and are eager to discuss this at the highest level with your peers.
What you can expect from Green Life Sciences in Amsterdam:
- State of the art facilities for transcriptomics (microarrays, next generation sequencing), proteomics and metabolomics.
- New experimental facilities including greenhouses and phytotrons (plant growth chambers).
- Education from top scientists publishing in Science, Nature, Plant Cell and Plant Journal.
- Interactive teaching methods, individual supervision, and internships.
- The best of both Amsterdam universities within one Master’s programme. The UvA and VU University have combined their expertise to form the focal point Green Life Sciences. This results in a unique concentration of research opportunities.
Green Life Sciences is a track of the accredited degree programme Biological Sciences. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Biological Sciences and the title Master of Science (MSc).