Master of Science (MSc) in Life Sciences in Netherlands

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The Master of Science provides an opportunity for graduates to obtain advanced research skills and knowledge in a professional learning environment. A Master of Science (MS) degree can provide you with the foundation of knowledge and key competencies you'll need throughout your career

Biological & life sciences is an area of science that studies how different processes, such as chemical, physical, and geological, shape how living organisms interact on earth together. Classes may include ecology, physiology, and evolution.

The people, language, and culture of the Netherlands is referred to as "Dutch". A modern European country today, Netherlands preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberal mentality. The Netherlands has many universities. The country has recently converted their own titles into the bachelor/master system. There are two types of universities: Academic (focussing more on theoretical knowledge, aka "Universiteit") or Applied Sciences (focussing more on practical knowledge, aka "Hogeschool")

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MSc in Water Technology (joint degree)

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 24 months September 2018 Netherlands Groningen Leeuwarden + 1 more

Solving global water problems requires a multidisciplinary approach of knowledge and skills. That is why the Wetsus Institute and three Dutch universities offer a joint degree in Water Technology. [+]

Best MSc Programs in Life Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. Introduction Solving global water problems requires a multidisciplinary approach of knowledge and skills. That is why the Wetsus Institute and three Dutch universities offer a joint degree in Water Technology. The master Water Technology is a two year programme offered jointly by Wageningen University, University Twente and University of Groningen with all education being provided at Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for sustainable water technology, in Leeuwarden. In the field of water technology, breakthrough technological developments are required. Not only to enable the export ambitions of the water sector but also to solve global threats and challenges in society. The main added value of the course lies in the multidisciplinary study of biotechnology and separation technology. Such a combined technological approach may offer a solution to global developments, within business and society, and have a worldwide impact on the demand for and use of water. This program will qualify you as the expert who is able to participate in resolving world-wide water issues. It enables students to complement their Bachelor of Sciences diploma with scientific knowledge and capabilities that they need for a successful career in the dynamic international setting of business and research. Programme options Specializations (specialization) There are no official specialisations within the programme Water Technology. Students specialise themselves by doing a thesis within one of the research fields. Some examples are: Priority compounds Virus control Applied water physics Desalination Concentrates Biofouling Advanced waste water treatment Algae Source separated... [-]

MSc Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences

Leiden University
Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Statistics is the art of drawing conclusions about phenomena in which chance plays a role. The randomness may arise through a variety of reasons: the intrinsic random nature of a phenomenon, unavoidable noise in an experiment, conscious randomisation of experimental or measurement units, or as a best approximation to a too complex reality. [+]

This two-year master’s programme provides you with a thorough introduction to the general philosophy and methodology of statistical modelling, data analysis and data science.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The two-year master’s programme in statistical science provides you with a thorough introduction to the general philosophy and methodology of statistical modelling and data analysis. The programme consists of a core programme shared by all students, and specialisation specific courses, electives, an internship or research project and master’s thesis. You can specialise in either life and behavioural sciences, where the emphasis is on the application in multidisciplinary environments, or in data sciences where you focus more on data mining, pattern recognition and deep learning.... [-]


Master in Bio Inspired Innovation

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Netherlands Utrecht

This programme is aimed at Life Sciences students who want to innovate services, products and production systems and are interested in bio inspired design and science.Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme Bio Inspired Innovation (BII) offers a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search for and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations. [+]

LEARNING FROM NATURE: WHERE SCIENCE MEETS SUSTAINABILITY

Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme Bio Inspired Innovation (BII) offers a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search for and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations. Nature has evolved solutions for the societal challenges we face. BII is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in the (Life) Sciences who want to innovate services, products and production systems and are interested in using bio inspired design and science. You can become the biologist at the design table and facilitate innovations that take their lessons from nature. You will become a professional that contributes to the transition to a circular economy with Bio Inspired Innovations.... [-]


MSc Agroecology - Organic Agriculture

ISARA Lyon
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Wageningen

The MSc Agroecology-Organic Agriculture is jointly offered by ISARA-Lyon (France) and Wageningen University (The Netherlands). It is aimed at international students with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and agroecosystem management. [+]

The MSc Agroecology-Organic Agriculture is jointly offered by ISARA-Lyon (France) and Wageningen University (The Netherlands). It is aimed at international students with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and agroecosystem management. Students will get the opportunity to understand structure and function of complex agroecosystems. They will learn to apply systems approaches in studying, designing and evaluating (agricultural) systems and food production chains, and to develop creative solutions for sustainable farming and marketing of organic products. The program teaches a multidisciplinary approach in which natural science is combined with social science and economics. Action learning and action research through cooperation with farmers, food system professionals and consumers will shorten the distance between practice and theory. The Double Degree Program Agroecology - Organic Agriculture is designed as a two-year programme curriculum including a practical thesis project. The programme combines 4 semesters with semester 1 and 2 in Wageningen, the Netherlands, and semester 3 at ISARA (member of FESIA) in Lyon, France. The master thesis (semester 4) will be carried out under the major responsibility of one of two partners, and will be co-supervised by the other partner. Associated institutions Wageningen - The Netherlands [-]

European MSc Agroecology

ISARA Lyon
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Netherlands Wageningen

The European MSc Agroecology is a European programme coordinated by ISARA-Lyon and leading to a double degree between ISARA-Lyon and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). [+]

Best MSc Programs in Life Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. The European MSc Agroecology is a European Master’s programme coordinated by ISARA-Lyon and leading to a double degree between ISARA-Lyon and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The European MSc Agroecology is a two-year programme (120 ECTS), professionally oriented, to study interactions among agricultural, food and environmental sciences in a socially oriented and action driven perspective. The objective of the programme is to prepare graduates to produce innovation in agroecology, to create and support sustainability in the farming and food systems. The programme provides the ecological principles to study, design and manage agroecosystems that are both productive and natural resource preserving, socially just and economically viable. It prepares students to link theory to practice and to cope with complex situation at different scales by combining scientific learning with professional and practical experiences. Agroecology is the interdisciplinary science that provides information, methods of analysis, evaluation and improvement to promote development of secure and sustainable food systems. Methods from natural and social sciences are integrated to deal with the complex challenges of meeting human food needs in a resource-efficient manner that is economically sound, environmentally benign and socially acceptable. Partner universities NMBU – Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas, Norway FESIA, France Hohenheim, Germany Kassel-Witzenhausen, Germany Boku, Vienna, Austria Gainesville, Florida, USA Madison, Wisconsin, USA ESALQ, Sao Paulo, Brazil Chapingo, Mexico Other universities upon approval from the programme’s coordinator [-]

MSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Groningen

Do you want to unravel the fundamental processes in living cells? Do you want to understand ‘life’ at a molecular level? Do you want to explore applications based on basic molecular research? Biomolecular Sciences is an internationally oriented research and business area that strongly focuses on these topics, with emphasis on structural biology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, systems biology (incl. bioinformatics), and biotechnology (incl. synthetic biology). [+]

MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Do you want to unravel the fundamental processes in living cells? Do you want to understand ‘life’ at a molecular level? Do you want to explore applications based on basic molecular research? Biomolecular Sciences is an internationally oriented research and business area that strongly focuses on these topics, with emphasis on structural biology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, systems biology (incl. bioinformatics), and biotechnology (incl. synthetic biology). The fundamental knowledge on 'life' at a molecular level drives several applied-oriented research projects in collaboration with major industrial partners and government support to provide biobased solutions for current societal challenges in the areas of Environment, Energy, Chemistry, Materials, Water, Agro/Food, and Health. During the Master's degree programme in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, you acquire in-depth knowledge and skills via upperlevel theoretical and practical training in such a way that you become highly competent in the field of Biomolecular Sciences and obtain excellent perspectives for an independent career in an academic or industrial research environment. The Master's degree programme in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is mainly organized by the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB) research institute. Research is primarily fundamental and curiosity-driven within two major themes, Molecular Mechanisms of Bioprocesses and Phsyiology and Systems Biology. The research is both often multidisciplinary and collaborative with specialization in the following GBB key areas:     Molecular Systems Biology     Molecular Cell Biology of Complex Processes     Membrane Proteins     Structure-function Relationships of Proteins     Microbial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis     Chemical and Synthetic Biology Admissions... [-]

MSc in Health Food Innovation Management

Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

The Master in Health Food Innovation Management prepares students to understand the process of innovation in the food and beverage industry, with a specific focus on improving consumer health and healthy eating behaviour. [+]

MSc in Health Food Innovation Management

 

The Master in Health Food Innovation Management prepares students to understand the process of innovation in the food and beverage industry, with a specific focus on improving consumer health and healthy eating behaviour. Through a multidisciplinary learning approach, students will be prepared to help transfer health science aspects into sound new product and marketing concepts.

The programme will be offered at the Maastricht University satellite location in Venlo, under responsibility of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.

The Master in Health Food Innovation Management is a two-year, full-time programme taught in English.... [-]


International Master in Rural Development (IMRD)

Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Delft

The joint International MSc in Rural Development (IMRD) offers the opportunity to study European visions on rural development and rural economics in their diversity of approaches and applications and to make comparative analyses of EU and non-EU agricultural and rural development strategies and agricultural policies. [+]

Course content The joint International MSc in Rural Development (IMRD) offers the opportunity to study European visions on rural development and rural economics in their diversity of approaches and applications and to make comparative analyses of EU and non-EU agricultural and rural development strategies and agricultural policies. IMRD is amongst others supported by the Erasmus Mundus and EU-Atlantis Ekafree programmes of the European Union. The objective is to train students from European and non-European countries, from developed, developing and transition countries to become specialists in Integrated Rural Development with focus on socio-economic and institutional aspects. This is done through a two-year master’s programme jointly organised by 16 worldwide European leading institutes in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, in collaboration with several partners from Belgium, Italy, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Germany, France, the United States, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, Vietnam and Ecuador. A detailed list and the specialty disciplines of the partner institutes can be found on the website. The International MSc in Rural Development provides students with: - Awareness of the multifunctional role of rural areas and agriculture and an integrated vision on development of rural areas; - Knowledge of different approaches to Rural Economics and Development and ability to apply these in diverse situations in developing, developed and transition countries; - Ability to apply adequate instruments, methods and innovative tools to analyse, evaluate and solve problems related to Agricultural Economics and Policy, Food Systems, Rural Development and Countryside Management; - Ability to develop innovative tools and instruments for... [-]

Master in Physical Land Resources

Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Delft

The overall objective of the programme in Physical Land Resources is that graduates gain expertise to critically reflect on and give answers to questions like: [+]

Best MSc Programs in Life Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. Course content The overall objective of the programme in Physical Land Resources is that graduates gain expertise to critically reflect on and give answers to questions like: What is soil? From what did the soil originate and how will it further develop under different conditions? Which factors and properties determine the suitability of soil for either agricultural or non-agricultural purposes and how can this be assessed? How can soil be improved for specific uses? How can degradation and desertification problems be tackled? How do we manage the soil and land capital and how do we protect it? What is the impact of the factor soil on the dynamics of natural ecosystems and how can this knowledge be used for nature conservation? What does soil learn us about environmental problems? How can we improve soil water management for sustainable crop production? How can we improve the efficient use of our scarce water resources? A country's physical land resources are a fundamental pillar of support for human life and welfare. Worldwide, population pressures and severe degradation, pollution and desertification problems are threatening these - for several countries relatively scarce - natural resources, and cause competition between agricultural or industrial purposes, urban planning and nature conservation. To guarantee their proper use and management for a nation basic commodity, well trained specialists with a thorough knowledge of the properties and characteristics of physical land resources, and a solid insight in factors and measures that may... [-]

Master in Nutrition and Rural Development

Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Delft

Nutrition security and sustainable development of rural areas require specialists with an integrated and multidimensional view on development problems. They should be able to elaborate, implement and evaluate strategies and policies, adapted to the specific needs and possibilities of low and middle income countries. The Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development takes on a population and development perspective and will train specialists in this field. [+]

Course content Nutrition security and sustainable development of rural areas require specialists with an integrated and multidimensional view on development problems. They should be able to elaborate, implement and evaluate strategies and policies, adapted to the specific needs and possibilities of low and middle income countries. The Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development takes on a population and development perspective and will train specialists in this field. The programme provides a choice among three main subjects, to be specified at the first registration: - Human Nutrition (HuNu) (Major Public Health Nutrition or Nutrition Security and Management); - Rural Economics and Management (REM); - Tropical Agriculture (Major Animal Production or Plant Production) (TAAP/TAPP). Therefore, this subject focuses, depending on the major chosen, on subject areas such as sustainable, multi-sectorial integrated solutions for food production, transformation and preservation, food chemistry, food science, nutritional requirements, food and nutrition policies, nutrition surveillance, nutrition practices, nutrition epidemiology, nutrition disorders, nutrition research, food safety, marketing and consumption and nutrition security management, with special attention for the food and nutrition problems in low and middle income countries. Human Nutrition (HuNu) The objective is to transfer specific and profound knowledge, insights and skills related to nutrition security and public health nutrition problems and solutions at population level. Therefore, this subject focuses, depending on the major chosen, on subject areas such as food production, transformation and preservation, food chemistry, food science, nutritional requirements, food and nutrition policies, nutrition surveillance, nutrition practices, nutrition research, food safety, marketing and... [-]

Master in Food Technology

Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Delft

The programme builds on the integrated expertise in research and education of KU Leuven and UGent in the field of food technology. IUPFOOD offers two years of academic education, leading to a MSc degree ‘Master of Science of Food Technology’. [+]

Best MSc Programs in Life Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. Course content The general objective of IUPFOOD is to provide a multidisciplinary and specialised professional training in areas of food technology, with emphasis on postharvest and food preservation engineering on the one hand and food science and technology on the other hand, to equip future personnel with the necessary technological and managerial knowledge, skills, and attitudes, which are required to successfully contribute to solving problems related to food security. The IUPFOOD programme particularly focuses on developing countries where food security (delivering enough nutritiou­s, high-quality safe food) is a current and future major concern and key challenge. Today it is recognised that post-production considerations or activitie­s such as postharvest handling, storage, processing, preservatio­n, marketing, distribution and utilizations need to form part of agricultural development programmes because there are many opportunities for food to be lost between harvest and consumption. These postharvest food losses represent a loss of valuable nutrients and money, especially in developing countries. Food should not only be produced, it should also be delivered to the ultimate consumer in an acceptable form if it is to fulfil its nutritional destiny. To bring foods to the consumer in an acceptable form, on the one hand processing technologies are used to convert edible raw materials into foods with decreased inherent stability; on the other hand preservation technologies are required to increase the stability and shelf life of foods. Based on these considerations, two technological dimensions of prime and crucial importance in food... [-]

Master in Bioinformatics

Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Delft

The Master of Science in Bioinformatics is an interfaculty master open to certain students from the Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering and Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (see admission requirements) that aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to work in such interdisciplinary context. [+]

The Master in Bioinformatics at Ghent University has started its first academic year 2015-2016. “Bioinformatics has become a necessity for all life sciences!” Prof. Yves Van de Peer Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of science in which biology, computer science, statistics, mathematics and engineering are combined to study and process biological data. Bioinformatics aims at gaining a better and quantitative understanding of cellular processes by integrating, analyzing and modeling molecular data (so-called ‘omics’ data). Within this context, bioinformatics has evolved into a basic scientific discipline which is essential not only for fundamental biological research but also for medical diagnosis, cancer research, drug development, agriculture, etc. Recent technological advances allow for the generation of huge amounts of molecular data at an ever increasing pace and have dramatically changed our view on life science research. It goes without saying that this data avalanche, together with the need for multi-angle approaches to analyze these data, has created an urgent need for highly trained scientists with an interdisciplinary mindset. The Master of Science in Bioinformatics is an interfaculty master open to certain students from the Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering and Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (see admission requirements) that aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to work in such interdisciplinary context. The interfaculty Master of Science in Bioinformatics at Ghent University provides a curriculum of 120 ECTS, taught in English. Bioinformatics is inherently multidisciplinary, and requires not only learning skills/knowledge from domains different than those of... [-]

Master in Aquaculture

Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Delft

The Master of Science of Aquaculture is a two-year programme at an university level on the most important aspects of aquaculture for both marine and freshwater organisms. [+]

Best MSc Programs in Life Sciences in Netherlands 2017/2018. Course content The increasing consumption of aquatic products in the European countries has drawn much attention to the development of a sustainable aqua­culture and fishery sector. Declining fishery catches and changing consumer requirements for a diversified range of safe, high-quality farmed aquatic products has inevitably lead to regional and national specialisation in research as well as in education. Due to the diversity of aquaculture and fisheries, education in this sector calls for a multidisciplinary approach. Also in non-European countries (including ‘Third Countries’) the demand for aquatic animal products is rising, putting pressure on the natural resources. Hence in these countries the interest for aquaculture products is high (Far East, Africa) and is already the subject of a fast developing economic activity (Far East) or has the potential of becoming so (Africa). World statistics do indeed indicate that aquatic food is traded very intensively. It is estimated that 50 % of the total aquatic production is crossing national borders. The MSc Aquaculture calls upon the UGent and European aquaculture expertise to educate and train students and scholars from European and third countries in order to stimulate transfer of knowledge to and from Europe, nurturing in this way a sustainable development of aquaculture in these countries. The Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center of Ghent University, Belgium has a long-standing worldwide reputation in the field of education and training in aquaculture. The objectives of the programme are: - to deliver researchers able... [-]

MSc Plant Breeding (Online Master Specialisation)

Wageningen University
Online & Campus Combined Part time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Netherlands Wageningen

This is an online Master specialisation within the MSc Plant Sciences. [+]

MSc Plant Breeding

This is an online Master specialisation within the MSc Plant Sciences

Online Master

The online master specialisation is designed for part-time study (approx. 20 hrs/week) to combine work and study or in the context of Life-Long-Learning. A course-programme of 2 years will be followed by a tailor-made internship and Master thesis. During the courses, you will closely collaborate with lecturers, tutors and fellow distance learning students on a virtual learning platform. The course programme includes two short stays of two weeks, each in Wageningen, for essential practicals that relate to the theory. There may be options to organise the academic internship and Master thesis in your own professional context, either parttime or full-time. ... [-]


MSc Bioinformatics

Wageningen University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Netherlands Wageningen

This master concerns a new scientific disciplline with roots in computer sciences, statistics and molecular biology. [+]

The two-year MSc Bioinformatics concerns a new scientific discipline with roots in computer science, statistics and molecular biology. Bioinformaticians apply information technology to store, retrieve and manipulate these data and employ statistical methods capable of analysing large amounts of biological data to predict gene functions and to demonstrate relationships between genes and proteins.

Programme summary

DNA contains information about life, but how is this information used? Biological data, such as DNA and RNA sequence information produced by next-generation sequencing techniques, is accumulating at an unprecedented rate. Life scientists increasingly use bioinformatics resources to address their specific research questions. Bioinformaticians bridge the gap between complex biological research questions and this complex data. Bioinformaticians use and develop computational tools to predict gene function(s) and to demonstrate and model relationships between genes, proteins and metabolites in biological systems. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that applies computational and statistical techniques to the classification, interpretation and integration of large-scale biological data sets. If different data types are joined then complex interactions in biological systems can be studied. The use of systems biology methods to study complex biological interactions offers a wealth of possibilities to understand various levels of aggregation and enables control of biological systems on different scales. Systems biology approaches are therefore quickly gaining importance in many disciplines of life sciences, such as in applied biotechnology where these methods are now used to develop strategies for improving production in fermentation. Other examples include bioconversion and enzymatic synthesis, and in the study of human metabolism... [-]