Research course

Adaptive Organisms (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

How do plants adapt in areas with regular flooding or drought? And 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. Next to in-depth courses about molecular physiology, ecophysiology and quantitative biology, you’ll spend at least a whole year performing your own experiments. In this way, you’ll learn hands-on to work with advanced equipment including electron microscopes and mass spectrometers and you’ll develop a critical research mentality.

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.

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
£1515,00 (€1,984)
International students
£ 7.328,00 (€ 10,137)

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admission Office