The aim of the two-year track Ecology and Evolution in the Master's programme Biological Sciences is to promote understanding of the relationships between living organisms, the evolution of species and the function of ecosystems, in order to contribute to more sustainability on earth.
Ecology and Evolution at the UvA is the study for you, if you
- are looking for expert training to thoroughly understand how plant and animal species originate and together shape communities that inhabit the ecosystems on our planet
- want to explore the options to improve and protect the earth's biodiversity
- are interested in a wide choice of courses and internships in the Netherlands, Europe or anywhere in the world.
What does Ecology and Evolution at the UvA have to offer me?
The Master’s track Ecology and Evolution builds on the internationally renowned research of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). Teaching and learning activities are firmly integrated into the current research. Track-specific research can be fundamental (e.g. speciation, soil-plant-insect interactions, community dynamics, long-term (paleo) ecology) or applied (e.g. pest control, nature conservation, bird migration, ecosystem services).
The following research areas are offered at the University of Amsterdam:
- Biodiversity and conservation biology
- Eco-evolutionary dynamics
- Evolution of behaviour and species interactions
- Genetics and genomics of adaptation
- Impact of climate change and anthropogenic disturbance
- Landscape genetics
- Population management and biological pest-control
- Social evolution
Course teaching in this track is shared with the MSc Ecology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Therefore, as a Biological Sciences student, you benefit from the expertise, networks and research projects at both universities.
Courses offer you the foundation required to conduct research on all issues related to ecology and evolution. The programme's curriculum covers a variety of topics in different disciplines, including evolutionary ecology, modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics, data analysis and statistics, paleo-ecology, microbial ecology, genomics, spatial ecology and conservation.
These courses incorporate theory with laboratory and field work. They usually comprise a study load of 6 EC each and are taught on a full-time basis in a consecutive period of four weeks, in the first semester of each year.
Graduates of the Master's programme Biological Sciences are well prepared for a career in fundamental or applied research, or as a trained professional. Below you find a chart of the various sectors where our graduates start their career.
Examples of positions our alumni hold are:
- Annemiek Bijlmer - Ecological advisor - Ministry of Economic Affairs
- Marlou Scheltens - Biology teacher - High school
- Setareh Mohammadin - PhD candidate - Wageningen University
The job market
Overall, the career perspectives for Biological Sciences graduates are good.
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Last updated October 16, 2018