Practical training forms the core (75%) of the Green Life Sciences programme. You are required to complete at least one research project and a literature review, at the UvA or at a national or international lab.
At the UvA you can benefit from the Green Student Lab (GSL), offering internships that focus on a career outside the academic world. GSL is a lab that is run like a regular – independent – lab, but, it obtains research questions from non-academic parties, such as breeding companies. In addition, the GSL also offers students extra courses focusing on a career outside academia. Examples are: planning and time management or professional self-awareness.
Courses & electives
Advanced courses on biomolecular, ecological, genetic and physiological topics, allow you to become familiar with contemporary issues in plant biology. Students present the results of their research and literature study and receive feedback from the scientists participating in the Master's programme.
Detailed course information
For detailed information regarding the curriculum and courses check the UvA Course Catalogue or download the study schedule.
Majors or Tesla Minor: if you want more than research
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.:
- The major Teaching
Prepares students to become a teacher in Biology at secondary schools and Higher Vocational Education (Dutch: HBO). This major is offered by the Interfacultaire Lerarenopleidingen (ILO).
- The major Science Communication
Prepares students for a role in communication between science and other societal sectors. This major is offered by the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
- The major Science in Society
Trains skills such as reading and writing policy advisory reports, management and leadership, and organisation, and is meant for students with a broad interest in current affairs, social issues, policy, management and entrepreneurship. This major is offered by the Athena Institute of the VU.
- Minor Tesla
Trains skills needed in interdisciplinary environments by tackling real business or societal cases with external partners. This minor Tesla has recently been developed by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Faculty of Science.
Accreditation and academic title
A Master of Science in Biological Sciences is awarded upon successful completion of all the core courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis, based on an independent research project. This translates into a total of 120 ECTS credits.
Green Life Sciences is a track of the Master's programme in Biological Sciences. Biological Sciences has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Master's degree in Biological Sciences and the title of Master of Science (MSc).
Bring your own device
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.