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Ecology and Evolution: where Science meets Sustainability

Discover a versatile field during the Master's programme Ecology and Evolution

Since this Master’s programme has a strong research bias, it gives you the skills, knowledge and insight you need to work independently, either to carry out professional research in a PhD programme or embark on one of the many career paths outside academia.

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start a PhD research project

You can build on your knowledge with a PhD position. About 50% of our students continue with a PhD after graduation, in the Netherlands or abroad.  With the VU’s Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution you will have access to a number of national and international PhD degree programmes. Our department’s PhD programme is part of the graduate school Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC) and consists of a research project that leads to a PhD thesis/dissertation, and several compulsory or optional course modules. You can find more information about PhD programmes and Research Schools here:

Research schools

Department of Ecological Sciences 

Start working

With a Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution you can follow a broad range of career paths. Some find a position in R&D-related research and others in organisations for policy development, nature management, education or environmental consultancy. Its scientific nature gives this Master’s many career applications outside academia.

Where did our students end up?