Ecologists investigate the relationships between organisms and their environment. Do you want to know how nature works both? As an aim in itself as well as to develop the tools to predict and combat problems caused by pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change? Do you want to study Ecology from a plant, animal and systems perspective?
The two-years Master’s programme in Ecology is a unique programme and is taught entirely in English. The programme offers you a broad package of courses and research projects which provide a firm theoretical and professional foundation to a Master's degree with a distinct personal profile.
Most coursework takes place in the first five months of each academic year. The remainder of each year you spend on a literature survey and research projects, all on topics within your own scientific interests. You will share classes with students from the partner university.
Half of the courses are organized by VU Amsterdam, the other half by UvA, while teachers of both universities are involved in all the courses. You will do two research projects.
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
Ecologists investigate the relationships between organisms and their
environment. As a master’s student you will study how nature works both
as an aim in itself (to understand and explain why the world looks like
this) as well as to develop the tools to predict and combat problems
caused by pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. You will
study Ecology from a plant, animal and systems perspective. Moreover,
ecological and evolutionary processes are investigated in their broadest
sense, from the molecular level all the way up to the regional and
global scale, where field observations and experiments are used to
identify evolutionary and/or ecosystem patterns and functions.
This Vrije Universiteit (VU) master programme in Ecology and Evolution,
taught together with the University of Amsterdam (UvA), has an explicit
research-oriented character and is designed to provide its students the
knowledge, skills and insights to operate as an independent professional
scientist in the fields of ecology and evolution and to become a
promising candidate for a subsequent PhD position or other
research-related function in a fundamental or applied ecological field.
Besides this Research Specialization, you can also decide to do one of
the following specializations in your second year: International Master
in Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution (double degree), Communication,
Science for Society, or Education.
The programme is composed of 18 EC of compulsory courses (including
experimental design, statistical analysis, training in scientific
writing and masterclasses), 12 to 18 EC of elective courses (chosen from
the courses on offer within the specialization and elsewhere), 12 EC of
Literature thesis (a literature research focusing on a fundamental or
applied question in ecology and evolution), and 72 to 78 EC divided over
two research projects with a focus on ecology and/or evolution (the
first to be performed at the VU or UvA, the second can be carried out
For further details you can consult http://www.vu.nl/ecology
|Applied Literature Survey Ecology & Evolution||Ac. Year (sept)||12EC||AM_1226|
|Literature Survey Ecology and Evolution||Ac. Year (sept)||12EC||AM_1131|
possible to follow elective courses from other specialisations, tracks
or even other universities (as long as it can be fits within you
specialisations in your second year:
- Science in Society
|Communication, Organization and Management||P2||6EC||AM_470572|
|Science in Dialogue||P2||6EC||AM_1002|
|Reflective Practice Internship Science Communication||Ac. Year (sept)||30EC||AM_1163|
|Research Internship Science Communication||Ac. Year (sept)||30EC||AM_1162|