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Ecology: where Science meets Sustainability

How do organisms and their environment interact at both a molecular level and a global level?

If this is an area that interests you, and you want to make a contribution to science and sustainability, a Master’s programme in Ecology at VU Amsterdam is for you.

You'll study ecology from a plant, animal, fungal, bacterial and systems perspective. You’ll also explore ecological and evolutionary processes at a molecular level and on a regional and global scale. In addition, you’ll carry out field observations and experiments to identify evolutionary and/or ecosystem patterns and functions.

The Master takes two years and is taught in English. In the first year you’ll  study ecology and evolution, as well as undertake your first internship. In the second year you’ll choose one of the following specialisations: 

  • Ecology & Evolution
  • International Master Biodiversity, Ecology & Evolution (IMABEE)
  • Science Communication
  • Science in Society
  • Science Education


Note: This Master is still listed under its old name (Ecology) in the study guide. In order to better match the name of the programme with the content, a name change (Ecology & Evolution) is underway and expected to be effective by September 2022.

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This programme enables you to understand and explain why the natural world looks the way it does. You’ll also develop the tools to solve problems caused by pollution, biodiversity loss, climate change etc. 

You’ll study how organisms interact, how species evolve –and why they become extinct. By using a combination of modern molecular techniques, computer modelling and experiments in the lab and in the field, you’ll gain an understanding of how ecoystems operate at all levels of biological organisation.

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