MSc in Biological Sciences - Ecology and Evolution

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MSc in Biological Sciences - Ecology and Evolution

University of Amsterdam

MSc in Biological Sciences - Ecology and Evolution

Sustaining natural biodiversity and protecting the environment is impossible without extensive knowledge of ecology and evolution. The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) offers a state-of-the-art Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution.

The aim of the programme is to promote understanding of:

  • the relationships between living organisms
  • the extinction and evolution of species
  • the functioning of ecosystems
  • how organisms live, interact and disperse on earth

Study programme

Students in this track begin the programme with some coursework on cutting-edge topics in Ecology and Evolution, by the second semester they will acquire hands-on research experience in their first research projects. Indeed, most of the track's two years are devoted to developing the necessary research skills in projects of your own choosing, within the University of Amsterdam or abroad. A thesis completes the curriculum.

Students benefit from a tailor-made individual study programme in which they focus on topics of personal interest, choose from a variety of courses and a wide array of research projects that are carried out in Amsterdam or abroad.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution are eligible for PhD positions at the UvA, as well as academic institutes such as the Dutch Institute for Ecology and the National Institute for Public Health and Environment, and at other universities around the world.

Alternatively, graduates can progress to management and research positions within commercial businesses (e.g., Plant Research International), public service and governmental agencies (e.g. Municipal Health Service in Amsterdam or the Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies). Graduates may also choose a career in education.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the track Ecology and Evolution of the Master's programme Biological Sciences, you must hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology.

In addition you have to comply with the following requirements:

  • a bachelor’s Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.5 or higher (according to the Dutch grading system). The GPA is the average of the bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load.
  • you must have obtained the Bachelor's degree within 4 years
  • you must have completed a Bachelor's Thesis (experimental work) of at least 15 ECTS credits. The subject of the Bachelor's thesis must show affinity with and advanced knowledge of the track Ecology and Evolution.

Additional information for international students

International applicants must also fulfill other general entry requirements set by the Faculty of Science regarding academic background, academic average and proficiency in English.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

Information for Dutch and international students

Tuition fee rates are divided into statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees.

The statutory tuition fee (except for the part-time rate) is determined annually by the Dutch government.

Institutional tuition fee rates are set by the higher education institutions individually, and apply to students who do not meet the conditions for the statutory tuition fee rate.

The tuition fee rate is valid for a full academic year. The rate for enrolment as of 1 February 2016 can be determined by calculating 7/12ths of the given rate.

Statutory tuition fees 2015-2016

  • full-time students €1.951
  • part-time students €1.696
  • dual programme students €1.951
  • AUC students €4.076
  • PPLE students €3.902

Enrolment provisions for the University of Amsterdam

In the Enrolment Provisions for the University of Amsterdam 2014-2015, the UvA Executive Board sets out the tuition and examination fee rates, and the enrolment conditions and procedures, among other things.

Exchange students

Other tuition fees apply to foreign exchange students. For more information, contact the faculty coordinator.

2015-2016 statutory tuition fees for students from the Netherlands, the EEA, the EU, Switzerland and Suriname

Students from the Netherlands, other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA), the EU, Switzerland and Suriname pay the statutory tuition fees if they satisfy the legal requirements.

2015-2016 institutional fee for students who do not qualify for the statutory fees

You are required to pay the institutional tuition fee if:

  • you are not a national of an EU or EEA Member State, Switzerland or Surinam;
  • after obtaining your Bachelor's degree you enrol for a second Bachelor's programme;
  • after obtaining your Master's degree you enrol for a second Master's programme;
  • you fail to satisfy all the conditions under one of the UvA's transitional arrangements.


Students who are to obtain their first degree within the CROHO field of health care or in a teacher training programme.

The high institutional tuition fee does not apply to students who attend a second Bachelor's programme during their first Bachelor's programme, nor to students who attend a second Master' programme during their first Master's programme. If you have registered for two Bachelor's programmes or two Master's programmes at the same time and you complete one of them, you will be allowed to complete your second parallel Bachelor's or Master's programme upon payment of the statutory tuition fee, provided that you do not interrupt your studies. This has been a statutory rule since the 2014 -2015 academic year.

Last updated May 12, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
24 months
Full time
12,000 EUR
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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institutional fee, per year.