Ecology and Evolution

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Which organisms are able to adapt to global change? How do birds decide when and where to migrate? How does selection shape the social structure of a population?

Ecology and evolution are dynamic fields, which are rapidly developing due to recent advances in technology (e.g. genomics, GPS tracking, new simulation techniques, new methods to analyse 'big data'). Both fields play a crucial role in facing the grand challenges of our time, such as the development of realistic plans for coping with the implications of global change or the design of evolutionarily stable strategies for the set-up of a sustainable society.

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. 

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, evolutionary genetics and genomics, ecophysiology, evolutionary systems biology, behavioural ecology, and social evolution.

The programmes offers a 'Science, Business and Policy' track, a research track, and two specializations tracks that are strongly research-oriented and designed to provide an optimal preparation for a subsequent PhD and eventually a career in academic research: the Groningen “Top Programme in Evolutionary Biology” and the international double-degree programme “MEME”.

Study guide

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diplomaMSc Ecology and Evolution
typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 november, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma
Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

  • Opportunity for designing a tailor-made programme at the interface of ecology and evolution
  • Offers Top Programme Evolutionary Biology and international double-degree programme MEME
  • Broad spectrum of research projects
  • Throughout the year opportunities to start your individual programme
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Masterweek Groningen
Van 20 t/m 24 november organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind oktober 2017.
Masterweek Groningen
Van 19 t/m 23 maart 2018 organiseren de faculteiten op verschillende dagen een mastervoorlichting op locatie. Aanmelden kan vanaf eind februari 2018.


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specialisatie Top programme Evolutionary Biology

The Top Programme Evolutionary Biology is part of the Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution. It provides an optimal preparation for excelling students pursuing a career in academic research.

As a student of the Top Programme you will be involved with research within the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES; that harbours research groups of international excellence. The hallmark of the programme is to explore the interface between ecology and evolution. In line with the mission of GELIFES, the programme also strives to integrate mechanistic 'proximate' approaches (how does a biological system function?) with evolutionary 'ultimate' approaches (why does the system function the way it does?).

Research projects can be found in a broad variety of areas, ranging from community ecology to evolutionary medicine, and from behavioural ecology to evolutionary genetics. Research can be conducted in the field or in the lab and theoretically as well as experimentally.

Since the Top Programme is highly demanding and challenging, only the top 10-15% of a cohort can be admitted. During these projects, students are fully embedded in a research group where they work on their own research questions. The label 'Top Master' programme to a limited number of selective, international programmes that are strongly research oriented and specifically designed to provide an optimal preparation for a subsequent PhD project and eventually a career in academic research.

We also offer the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME;, which is a joint initiative of the universities of Groningen, Montpellier (France), Munich (Germany), Uppsala (Sweden) and Harvard (USA). MEME is based on the same philosophy as the Top programme, but students have extra mobility requirements, since they are supposed to obtain a double degree from two different universities.

profiel Research profile

The regular programme consists of a 2-year programme, which includes various elective courses (mostly 5 ECTS courses) and two individually supervised research projects.

Students can work on their own research question while being fully embedded in a research group.

specialisatie Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Programme Evolutionary Biology (MEME)

Striving for a study in the international arena? This can be achieved in all tracks of the Master's programme Ecology and Evolution, since many of its students conduct research projects abroad.

The MEME programme is special in that it is organized by four European universities (Groningen, Montpellier, Munich, Uppsala) and Harvard University. There are strict mobility requirements and in the end the graduates receive MSc degrees from two different universities. Like the Top Programme, MEME is selective and strongly research oriented. The students who are most highly ranked during the admissions procedure receive a scholarship. For details, you may consult the MEME website.

For the complete curriculum, please see:

  1. Science, Business & Policy


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
Exchange: 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

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1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 november 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14200
1 november 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14200
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. The Board may decide that you have to take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programme before being admitted.

English proficiency on VWO level is required.

An academic Bachelor's degree in Biology including a specialisation in Ecology or Marine Biology.

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 9500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 75inschrijvingsgeldin het eerste jaar
€ 500studiematerialenper jaar
€ 750visa/permitvoor de gehele opleiding

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


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28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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GLV Idun
GLV Idun is the study association for students taking programmes in Biology and Life Science and 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

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Siwen Tang
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...
This experience is really valuable for my future career. A piece of advice to future students would be to inform about possible projects before you arrive here. It gives you an advantage when you've already found a suitable project and supervisor.

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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Ecology and Evolution
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2/2 Rijksuniversiteit
Evolutionary Biology
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers

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In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Ecology and Evolution aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 17 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Graduates of the programme who have chosen for the Research track often enter a PhD programme or join a research and development team in a company or research institute. Students who have chosen the Science, Business & Policy track find jobs (e.g. as science advisor) in a variety of fields, e.g. in governmental or non-governmental organizations, research institutions, museums, publishers or companies.
current job market

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Potentiële beroepen

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  • scientific advisor, project officer or consultant
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Study Advisor Ecology And Evolution

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