Ecology and Evolution
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This Master's degree programme is selective.
During the two-year Master's programme Ecology and Evolution you will gain insight into the living organism in relation to its environment. Ecology and evolution are strongly interdependent: without ecology, we cannot really understand natural selection; and without evolution, we cannot really understand the properties of organisms and their interaction with the environment. Ecology and evolution are relevant for all domains of the life sciences.
Ecology and evolutionary biology play a crucial role in facing the grand challenges of our time. This includes the development of realistic plans for coping with the implications of global change, for stopping the alarming biodiversity loss, for designing evolutionarily stable strategies to set-up a sustainable society, and for developing evolution-informed medical treatment. The research fields of ecology and evolution are highly dynamic. Powerful new techniques (e.g. GPS-tracking of migrating birds over the whole planet; remote sensing; tracking of individual cells in a culture of micro-organisms; genome-wide sequencing; individual-based simulations; new methods to analyse ‘big data’) allow us to resolve long-standing puzzles.
These new approaches lead to new insights and concepts that change our way of thinking, including a range of new integrative disciplines (e.g. evo-devo; evolutionary medicine; evolutionary community ecology; ecological immunology; evolutionary systems biology; adaptation and conservation genomics; evolutionary psychology). With this Master's programme, we aim to educate the new generation of scientists in ecology and evolution, both those who want to study the big fundamental questions in all domains of the life sciences and those who want to contribute to solving the grand challenges of our time.
The Master's degree programme Ecology and Evolution is offered by the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES), which conducts internationally recognized research in a unique diversity of areas relevant for ecology and evolution, including conservation biology, community ecology, microbial ecology, marine biology, evolutionary genetics and genomics, evolutionary systems biology, ecophysiology, neurobiology, chronobiology, evolutionary medicine, behavioural ecology, animal personality research, social evolution, and theoretical biology. We study a wide array of species, from microbes, algae, plants and insects to vertebrates such as fish, birds, rodents, marine mammals, large herbivores and humans.
The selective Master's programme offers 2 specialized research tracks:
1) Evolutionary Biology, that is strongly research-oriented and designed to provide an optimal preparation for a subsequent PhD and eventually a career in academic research;
2) Ecology & Conservation, to educate the new generation of ecologists to contribute to understanding and solving the global ecological problems, as a scientist and practitioner in the field. In this programme, you will learn how organisms, populations and communities are affected by changing environmental conditions, and how this knowledge can contribute to successful ecological conservation and restoration programs.
The selective Master's programme is designed for students primarily aiming for a career in research, and who are able to keep up with the study pace of the cohort that starts in September. Students who would like start during the academic year and / or aim for a career that focuses on the business and policy side of science are referred to our Master’s programme Biology.
|diplomaMSc Ecology and Evolution|
|typeregulier, 120 EC|
|opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd|
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Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?
- Combination of in-depth training and the opportunity for designing a tailor-made programme in ecology and evolution
- Offers a double degree for the track Evolutionary Biology with the universities of Uppsala, Montpellier or Munich
- Students form collaborative cohorts and frequently interact with their supervisors & teachers
- Coaching by personal mentor
- Broad spectrum of research projects, tailored to the individual preferences of the student, ranging from microbes to whales, and from molecules to ecosystems. Research can be conducted in the field or in the lab and theoretically as well as experimentally.
- Opportunities to conduct field work in diverse environments (on all five continents), including the nearby Wadden Sea (on the UNESCO World Heritage list) and the arctic regions.
- Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and GELIFES is the home of the 2014 Spinoza Prize winner, Theunis Piersma.
track Evolutionary Biology
This programme is for students with an interest in understanding all facets of evolution.
It offers advanced theoretical and practical training to provide students with a head-start in a subsequent PhD, and eventually a career in scientific research. This programme is for students with an interest in understanding all facets of evolution. It offers advanced theoretical and practical training to provide students with a head-start in a subsequent PhD, and eventually a career in scientific research. During the first year, students follow a set of multidisciplinary courses that are developed to provide an overview of the fundamental principles underlying modern evolutionary biology, including developing the scientific, methodological and academic skills required for conducting research. During two major research projects, students receive individually supervised research training, while working on their own research questions. During these projects, students are fully embedded in leading research groups where they and can make use of state-of-the art research methods and facilities. Research projects can be conducted in all areas related to ecology and evolution.
There are options for students to follow part of their programme at one of our partner universities: Uppsala, Montpellier or Munich . Under strict mobility requirements, students can study at two of these partner universities, and in the end receive MSc degrees from two universities (a "double degree").
track Ecology & Conservation
This programme is designed for students that strive to become an ecologist that can contribute to an understanding of the global ecological problems, and help to solve them.
In this programme, students will learn how organisms, populations and communities are affected by changing environmental conditions, and how this knowledge can contribute to successful ecological conservation and restoration programs. This track will equip students with the knowledge and skills to work in scientific research, conservation & restoration, ecological consultancy, management, education, private corporations and (non-) governmental organizations. The first semester consists of three mandatory advanced courses, and the option for a series of elective courses. In the two major research projects, students are individually supervised while working on their own research questions. Research projects can be conducted in all areas related to ecology, conservation and evolution.
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study abroadExchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.
Toelating en studiekosten
|1 september 2018||aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2018|
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14350
|1 september 2019||aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2019|
wettelijk tarief : € 2083
instellingstarief : € 14650
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14600
Please fill out the application form to explain why you choose to apply for this Master's degree programme (questions to be adressed are outlined on the form).
- Cell biology
Provide the names and affiliation of two persons that may be asked for reference (use the application form).
Provide a bachelor thesis or another individually written report of an academic assignment. If such a report is not available an assignment will be given by the Admission Board.
English proficiency on VWO level is required.
This master's degree programme is selective; read the information below!
An academic Bachelor's degree in Biology with a specialization in Ecology, Evolution or another related field. This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.
|€ 9500||levensonderhoudper jaar|
|€ 75||inschrijvingsgeldin het eerste jaar|
|€ 500||studiematerialenper jaar|
|€ 750||visa/permitvoor de gehele opleiding|
estimated monthly costs
|€||303||kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde|
|€||158||collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar|
|€||80||studieboeken en -spullen|
|€||77||uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen|
|€||132||vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie|
|€||42||vervoernaast de OV-kaart|
|€||1171||totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181|
Studenten en studentenleven
|80||studenten volgen deze opleiding|
|49%||daarvan is vrouw|
|20||eerstejaars gestart in 2017|
|55%||daarvan is vrouw|
|28510||studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen|
|51%||daarvan is vrouw|
GLV IdunGLV Idun is the study association for students taking programmes in Biology and Life Science & Technology at the University of Groningen.
The association boasts more than 1,500 members and organizes study-related and social activities all year round. These include parties and drinks, as well as an annual conference, regular lunchtime lectures and a quarterly newsletter featuring scientific publications.
Op kamers in Groningen
|€ 303||gemiddelde kamerprijs|
|21 m2||gemiddelde kameroppervlak|
aan het woord
My Ecology and Evolution programme gives me a lot of freedom, which means I can schedule my time the way I like
Life at the university is totally different from my home country China . My Ecology and Evolution programme gives me a lot of freedom, which means I can schedule my time the way I like. We work in projects a lot, so I get the chance to practice my applied skills. You learn to solve problems by yourself and work independently. But at the same time my classmates, the professors and the university staff are always there when I'm in need for help or advice!
I love the fact that the study programme allows me to do an internship as a project...
I would recommend Ecology and Evolution, and the city of Groningen as a whole, to any prospective student who wants to enjoy a quiet, cosy and academic studying experience abroad! The University has a great 400 year history , the residents are lovely and friendly, and all speak English at a high level. Other than that, I really enjoy riding my little cute bike to anywhere I want in this city! it's convenient and safe.
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|Utrecht||Leraar VHO biologie full-time,part-time educational||+ aanv. eisen|
|Universiteit Leiden||Leraar VHO in Biologie educational||+ aanv. eisen|
|Universiteit Leiden||Leraar VHO in Biologie part-time educational||+ aanv. eisen|
|Rijksuniversiteit||Leraar Voorbereidend Hoger Onderwijs in Biologie part-time educational||+ aanv. eisen|
|UvA||Lerarenopleiding Biologie part-time educational||+ aanv. eisen|
- phd research position
- r&d in a company or research institute
- scientific advisor, project officer or consultant