MSc in Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MSc in Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences

University of Amsterdam

MSc in Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

One of the reasons is to improve and secure the food supply for an increasing world population. Other purposes for this kind of research could be identifying new sources of bioactive compounds and medicines, or to obtain bio-renewable resources for fibers and plastics.

Imagine an outbreak of an unknown pest in Southern Spain that threatens the harvest of many tons of tomatoes. A typical problem a green life scientist might face. What to be done? With samples of the leaves and the latest technological tools the first aim would be to identify the culprit. Furthermore, the question rises: can breeding be steered to obtain resistant pants for those harvests to come?

The Green Life Sciences study programme gives you the opportunity to combine training in the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical ecology, ecogenomics, biotechnology, plant breeding, phytopathology, cell biology, biochemistry and population biology. This enables students to develop an integrated view of the functioning of plants..

Master's programme Green Life Sciences

Practical training forms the core (80%) of the Green Life Sciences programme. You are required to complete two separate research projects, either at the UvA, VU University Amsterdam or one of their national or international partner labs.

You will follow advanced courses on biomolecular, ecological, genetic and physiological topics, allowing you to become familiar with contemporary issues in plant biology. Students present the results of their research and a literature study to all scientists participating in this programme.

Professional specialization within the Master’s programme

In general, Master’s students are trained to become independent researchers. But you can also choose to complete your Master’s programme with a professional specialization, that focuses on other skills than doing research. In that case you will follow the programme of your chosen scientific discipline during the first year of your Master’s, and the programme of the specialization during the second year.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the track Green Life Sciences 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, Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Additional information for international students

International applicants must also fulfil 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

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 can be determined by calculating 7/12ths of the given rate.

Statutory tuition fees 2016-2017

Specification Amount

  • full-time students € 1,984
  • part-time students € 1,706
  • dual programme students € 1,984
  • AUC students € 4,154
  • PPLE students € 3,968

Information 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. 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 Suriname;
  • after obtaining your Dutch Bachelor's degree you enrol in a second Bachelor's programme;
  • after obtaining your Dutch Master's degree you enrol in a second Master's programme;
  • you fail to satisfy all the conditions under one of the UvA's transitional arrangements. You can find the regulations in the 2015-2016 Enrolment Provisions or the 2016-2017 Enrolment Provisions (in Dutch).

Last updated December 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
24 months
Full time
12,000 EUR
Netherlands - Amsterdam
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