Research course

Adaptive Organisms (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

A completed Bachelor's degree

Entering the Master’s specialisation in Adaptive Organisms requires a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related field of science.

An international degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Examination Board will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted, and if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.

A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets the conditions, listed on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

Programme overview

How do plants adapt in areas with regular flooding or drought? What are the consequences of an increase of water acidity for a fish or a micro-organism? In the Adaptive Organisms specialisation, you’ll become an expert in stress adaptation of individual organisms. The programme provides a fascinating overview on the adaptability of plants, animals and micro-organisms to sub-optimal conditions, and conveys crucial information for an understanding of the effects of environmental change. This information is applied in nature management, but also in biotechnology and breeding programmes.

The application deadline is listed on our website here.

What will you learn?

  • Get in-depth knowledgeabout molecular physiology, ecophysiology and quantitative biology
  • Gain experience designing, performing your own experiments, and working with advanced equipment including electron microscopes and mass spectrometers
  • Develop a critical research mentality.

Career prospects

Knowledge about stress adaptation is crucial for our society. Think of animal well-being, nature conservation, agriculture and biotechnology. Radboud University connects fundamental research to these real life situations, by collaborating with governmental organisations, NGOs and biotech companies. These are also the organisations where most Adaptive Organisms students end up after graduation or after obtaining their PhD, either as a researcher or in a research-related job such as policy officer or consultant.

*This is an specialisation of the Master's in Biology.

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Fees and funding

UK students
€ 18,296
International students
EU € 2,530 p/a Non EU € 18,296 p/a

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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