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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master Postgraduate Amsterdam

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary Do you want to investigate the relationship between organisms and environment from the molecular level to the global scale, and contribute to science and sustainability? Then this is your master!
Course description 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 processes are investigated from the molecular level on to the regional and global scale, where field observations and experiments are used to identify ecosystem patterns and functions. The VU masters' programme in Ecology and Evolution 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.
Study subjects The Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution is a joint master's programme of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. The track offers the same programme to students of both universities. Teachers from VU and UvA participate in each course. The two-year programme is full-time, covering 120 ECTS. Courses are mainly scheduled in the first semester. The remainder of the each year is spent on two research projects and a literature thesis.
Course objectives The aim of the Master programme Ecology is to provide you with the knowledge, skills and insight required to operate as an independent professional and to be a suitable candidate for a subsequent course of study leading to a career in Ecological research. After having completed the programme, you will have developed a critical scientific approach and an awareness of the ethical and societal aspects of Ecology.
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes colloquium, computer exercise, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, laboratory work, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, poster presentation, project, internship, tutorial, working group, self study
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department faculteit Bètawetenschappen
Information about the institution Ever since it was founded in 1880, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organization, strongly linked to people and society.


Admission requirements
  1. transcript of records
  2. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam also requires all applicants to take an English test
  3. BSc Biology from a Dutch university or equivalent.
Language requirements
IELTS listening 6
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS reading 6
IELTS speaking 6
IELTS writing 6
TOEFL computer based 237
TOEFL internet based 93
TOEFL paper based 580
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 Jun 2021 1 Apr 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
No tuition fees available.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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Contact information for the study programme


J.M. Koene

Coordinator MSc Ecology

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study info

Telephone number (020) 598 5000
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