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Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences (track)


The two-year track Green Life Sciences in the Biological Sciences Master's programme is a research oriented 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.

What to expect from the track Green Life Sciences
What is this programme about?

Students and lecturers from the track Green Life Sciences tell you what to expect from this programme and discuss career opportunities once you have graduated.

Discover the Master's programme & tracks 

The Master's programme Biological Sciences offers specialisations in 4 tracks. Green Life Sciences is one of them. The other tracks are:  

The study programme 

The Master's track Green Life Sciences highlights molecular biology. Lectures and research labs are taught by top scientists who have published in Science, Nature, Plant Cell and Plant Journal. In masterclasses you will have the opportunity to interact with international guest scientists. You will also have full access to the Green Life-Sciences Hub with its R&D for the Top Sector Food & Flowers, the Amsterdam Economic Development Board, Greenport Aalsmeer, NAK-tuinbouw, and the Seed Valley cluster of the plant breeding industry in North-Holland.

Meet the people 

How to get to know this Master's programme better than via its students? Read the experiences from students and what they say about Green Life Sciences. 

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My main reason to choose for the Green Life Sciences Master's programme at the UvA was that it fits perfectly at the interface of molecular biology and ecology. For my first internship I picked the Plant Physiology department where I worked on salt stress signalling in Arabidopsis.   Magdalena Julkowska, PhD candidate Green Life Sciences 
Learn by doing plant research

Take part in research at interface of molecular plant biology, chemical ecology, ecogenomics, biotechnology, biochemistry, plant breeding, phytopathology, pest control, and cell and population biology.

Interact and learn from world-class experts

Learn in courses, master classes and your own research projects from top scientists who work in Amsterdam and in famous laboratories anywhere in the world. 

Get involved in the professional field

Optimize your post-master career chances by developing your master project in collaboration with plant breeding companies, such as those found in the Amsterdam metropolis, the Seed Valley cluster of the plant breeding industry in North-Holland.

After graduation 

Graduates of the Green Life Sciences programme have excellent research training that will allow them to pursue their PhD and enter an academic career. Alternatively, graduates are also well equipped to take on positions in industrial labs (plant biotechnology and life sciences). 

Is Green Life Sciences for you?

It is, if you:

  • are interested in how organisms function at a genetic, biochemical and cellular level and how this translates to their ecology, evolution and usage;
  • 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;
  • want to investigate how pathogens and plagues (insects, mites) affect the plants' immune system;
  • want to study how outbreaks of pests can be predicted and circumvented, and how natural enemies can be used for pest control;
  • want to research 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;
  • are interested in the role of epigenetic mechanisms and chromatin structure in gene/genome regulation;
  • want to become an independent researcher by taking part in internships with internationally renowned scientists;
  • 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;
  • want to design your own study programme for example by following a professional specialisation in entrepreneurship.
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Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Biological Sciences
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60707
Location Science Park