The primary focus of the programme is research, conducted either within the university, at other research institutes in the Netherlands or abroad. The following research areas are offered to students within the university:
And there are several options at institutes outside the UvA:
Courses offer you the foundation required to conduct research in the biology, chemistry and physics of aquatic systems. The programme's curriculum covers a variety of topics in different disciplines, including algal blooms, hydrodynamics and phytoplankton, effects of climate change, water management, benthic ecology, microfilms, coral bleaching, natural products in sponges, aquatic ecotoxicology etc. These courses incorporate theory with laboratory and field work.
For detailed information regarding the curriculum and courses check the UvA Course Catalogue or download the study schedule
Students of the Master’s programme Biological Sciences have further the option to choose one of three professional majors (60 EC) or minor (30 EC), each designed to train a specific set of skills needed as a secondary school teacher, in policy and communication or elsewhere outside the academia.:
All students enrolled in Biological Sciences are requested to bring their own laptop, due to the nature of the programme. More information on specific system requirements can be found here.