Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences (track)

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Reasons for studying plant life are abundant...

Green Life Sciences at the UvA is a research oriented Master’s programme that focuses on studying plants and their interactions with the environment at the molecular level. The study programme gives you the opportunity to combine fundamental and applied training in molecular biology, chemical ecology, ecogenomics, biotechnology, plant breeding, phytopathology, pest control, cell and population biology. This enables you to develop an integrated view of the functioning of plants and to gain skills required for modern research.

Plants play a vital role in (our) life on earth. Research at the molecular level can lead to improving and securing the food supply for an increasing world population, for instance by developing new ‘green’ strategies to make plants more resistant to pests. It can also identify new bioactive compounds to be used in ‘functional foods’ or as medication. Another reason for research on plants is the production of renewable resources such as biofuels, fibers and plastics. 

Why study Green Life Sciences at the University of Amsterdam? 

  • You are interested 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 study the underlying mechanisms that lead to an enormous diversity of inflorescence and flower architectures in nature, which is in sharp contrast with the high conservation of gene and genome sequences.

  • Your interests are in the role of epigenetic mechanisms and chromatin structure in gene/genome regulation.

  • 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.

  • You want to design your own study programme for example by following a professional specialisation in entrepreneurship.

What you can expect from Green Life Sciences in Amsterdam:

  • To become part of a close group of students and get your own ‘lab bench’.  

  • State of the art facilities for transcriptomics (next generation sequencing), proteomics and metabolomics.

  • New experimental facilities including greenhouses and plant growth chambers.

  • Lectures and research labs by top scientists who have published in Science, Nature, Plant Cell and Plant Journal. Opportunities to interact with international guest scientists who give masterclasses.

  • Interactive teaching methods, individual supervision, and internships.

  • The only UvA Master’s programme in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on molecular biology. 

Degree certificate 

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).


MSc Biological Sciences
Regulier onderwijs
120 EC, 24 maanden

Gepubliceerd door  GSLES