Biological Sciences: Ecology and Evolution (track)

Sustaining natural biodiversity and protecting the environment is impossible without extensive knowledge of ecology and evolution. The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) offers the state-of-the-art track Ecology and Evolution in the Master's programme Biological Sciences. The aim of this two-year programme is to promote understanding of the relationships between living organisms, the extinction and evolution of species and the functioning of ecosystems for a sustainable earth.

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

  • have a solid background in biology
  • are eager to expand your knowledge and skills in the area of ecology and evolution
  • want to learn to address issues of global interest
  • are looking for the freedom to compile your own programme
  • want the advantages of a small-scale programme, where students and staff all know each other and you have the opportunity to become part of the national and international research network of the staff. 

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.

Webinar Biological Sciences

In this recorded webinar of November 2016, programme director Joost Duivenvoorden and two Master's students inform you about the ins en outs of this two-year Master's Programme.

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 

Degree programme
MSc Biological Sciences
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction
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