Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences
- MSc Biological Sciences
- Regulier onderwijs
- 120 EC, 24 maanden
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 sources of bioactive compounds and medicines, or to obtain bio-renewable
resources for 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 to be done? With samples of the leaves and the latest technological tools the first aim would be to identify the culprit. Furthermore, the question rises: can breeding be steered to obtain resistant pants for those harvests to come?
The Green Life Sciences study programme gives you the opportunity to combine training in the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical ecology, ecogenomics, biotechnology, plant breeding, phytopathology, cell biology, biochemistry and population biology. This enables students to develop an integrated view of the functioning of plants.
Why study Green Life Sciences at the University of Amsterdam?
- You are interested in research on how plants function on a genetic, biochemical and cellular level and how this translates to the ecology and evolution of plants.
- You want to learn how plants deal with abiotic stress such as higher salt levels in the soil, which is an increasing problem in agriculture.
- You want to investigate how plants deal with biotic stress such as pathogens and insects and how the plants’ immune system functions.
- 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 with regard to transcriptomics (Microarrays, next generation sequencing), proteomics and metabolomics.
- New greenhouses (a.o. specialized for plant-pathogen interactions) and phytotrons (plant growth chambers).
- Education from top scientists publishing in Science, Nature, Plant Cell and Plant Journal.
- Interactive teaching methods, individual supervision, and contemporary internships.
- The best of both Amsterdam universities within one Master’s programme. The UvA and VU University have combined their expertise in plant sciences to form the focus point for Green Life Sciences. This has resulted in a concentration of plant research unmatched anywhere else in the Netherlands.