Water covers about 70% of our planet and sets it apart from every other planet we know. Water plays an important role in the global climate and is a source of food, minerals, energy and recreation. Aquatic ecosystems teem with organisms, ranging from tiny phytoplankton and zooplankton to coral, fish, and whales. Unfortunately, aquatic ecosystems are also used as ‘dumping grounds' for much of society's waste and are profoundly affected by global change.
In the two-year track Freshwater & Marine Biology in the Master’s programme Biological Sciences you will immerse yourself in research ranging from tropical marine biology to the ecology of wetlands ecosystems.
Freshwater & Marine Biology is the new name for the track formely known as: 'Limnology and Oceanography'.
It is, if you:
The Netherlands is a world leader in water management and aquatic research. The track Freshwater and Marine Biology applies this expertise to its investigation of lake, river, sea and ocean ecosystems. It is unique in the Netherlands in that it devotes attention to both freshwater and marine ecosystems and integrates the scientific disciplines relevant to aquatic ecosystems.
In this two-year track you will reflect on topics such as:
The topics are investigated from different perspectives, ranging from molecular studies to laboratory experiments and field investigations, long-term monitoring and the development of advanced mathematical models. Among this wide range of opportunities, you will select those topics and approaches that best fit your own interest.
The following research areas are offered at the University of Amsterdam:
Freshwater & Marine Biology has a key role in the recent established Amsterdam Knowledge Centre of Water Science. It also supports the Top Sector Water in the Netherlands with know-how of maritime, delta and related water technologies. Teaching and learning activities in this track include laboratory and field work and are in close collaboration with institutes such as:
|Degree programme||MSc Biological Sciences|
|Type||Regular study programme|
|Credits||120 ECTS, 24 months|
|Language of instruction||English|