MSc Ecology and Evolution

University of Groningen

Program Description

MSc Ecology and Evolution

University of Groningen

MSc Ecology and Evolution

Will the otter be able to recover? How do plants settle in new areas? Why do geese always travel south at exactly the same time? How do different species of plants and animals live together in a habitat?

During this two-year Master’s programme you will gain insight into the living organism in relation to its environment. Ecology is an internationally oriented field and the degree programme has a strong focus on research. You will therefore conduct one or two independent research projects in your field.

Study Programme

You decide the focus of your study programme: you can specialize in plants or animals, focus more on evolution, include more theory or more field work. It’s up to you.

The programme (120 ECTS) consists of:

  • First research project
  • Second research project or internship
  • Colloquium
  • Master’s thesis
  • Compulsory Master’s courses on the practical side of research i.e.:
    • › Advanced Statistical Techniques
    • › Polar ecosystems
    • › Mathematical models in ecology and evolution
    • › Optional courses

Courses are taught by seven research groups:

  • ‘Theoretical Biology’
  • ‘Animal Ecology’
  • ‘Community and Conservation Biology’
  • ‘Evolutionary Genetics’
  • ‘Plant Ecophysiology’
  • 'Microbial Ecology’
  • 'Marine Benthic Ecology & Evolution’
  • and ‘Ocean Ecosystems’

Admissions Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Biology including a specialization or major in Ecology or Marine Biology
  • The Admission Board may decide you need to take supplementary courses
  • Proof of English proficiency is required (TOEFL 580/237/92, IELTS 6.5, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English), with the exception of students whose native language is English

Duration: 24 months

Language: English (100%)

Start course: September 05, 2016

Application deadlines:

  • EU/EEA students: May 01, 2016
  • non-EU/EEA students: May 01, 2016

Last updated September 29, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 5, 2016
2 years
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 5, 2016
Netherlands Groningen
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Netherlands Groningen
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Duration 2 years
Price 1,984 EUR
- EU, 13.900 EUR. - non-EU per year