The two-year track Green Life Sciences in the Biological Sciences Master’s programme is a research-oriented programme that focuses on studying plants and their interactions with the environment at the molecular level. The study programme gives you the opportunity to combine fundamental and applied training in molecular biology, chemical ecology, ecogenomics, biotechnology, plant breeding, phytopathology, pest control, cell and population biology. This enables you to develop an integrated view of the functioning of plants and to gain skills required for modern research.
Is Green Life Sciences at the UvA the study for you?
It is, if you:
- are interested in how organisms function at a genetic, biochemical and cellular level and how this translates to their ecology, evolution and usage.
- want to learn how plants cope with abiotic stress such as drought or high salt levels in the soil, which is an increasing problem in agriculture.
- want to investigate how pathogens and plagues (insects, mites) affect the plants’ immune system.
- want to study how outbreaks of pests can be predicted and circumvented, and how natural enemies can be used for pest control.
- want to research the underlying mechanisms that lead to an enormous diversity of inflorescence and flower architectures in nature, which is in sharp contrast with the high conservation of gene and genome sequences.
- are interested in the role of epigenetic mechanisms and chromatin structure in gene/genome regulation.
- want to become an independent researcher by taking part in internships with internationally renowned scientists.
- have the ambition to get down to the core of a scientific problem and are eager to discuss this at the highest level with your peers.
- want to design your own study programme for example by following a professional specialisation in entrepreneurship.
What does Green Life Sciences at the UvA have to offer me?
The Master’s track Green Life Sciences highlights molecular biology. Lectures and research labs are taught by top scientists who have published in Science, Nature, Plant Cell and Plant Journal. In masterclasses, you will have the opportunity to interact with international guest scientists. You will also have full access to the Green Life-Sciences Hub with its R&D for the Top Sector Food & Flowers, the Amsterdam Economic Development Board, Greenport Aalsmeer, NAK-tuinbouw, and the Seed Valley cluster of the plant breeding industry in North-Holland.
Furthermore, you will:
- become part of a close group of students and get your own ‘lab bench’.
- work with state of the art facilities for transcriptomics (next-generation sequencing), proteomics and metabolomics and in new experimental facilities including greenhouses and plant growth chambers.
- learn through interactive teaching methods, individual supervision, and internships.
Courses & electives
Advanced courses on biomolecular, ecological, genetic and physiological topics, allow you to become familiar with contemporary issues in plant biology. Students present the results of their research and literature study and receive feedback from the scientists participating in the Master’s programme.
Graduates of the Green Life Sciences programme have excellent research training that will allow them to pursue their PhD and enter an academic career. Alternatively, graduates are also well equipped to take on positions in industrial labs (plant biotechnology and life sciences).
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Last updated October 16, 2018