Research course (will run subject to approval)

Ecology and Evolution

University of Groningen · University of Groningen
MSc by research

Entry requirements

An academic Bachelor's degree in Biology including a specialisation in Ecology or Marine Biology.

Months of entry

February, September, November

Course content

Which organisms are able to adapt to global change? How do birds decide when and where to migrate? How does selection shape the social structure of a population?

Ecology and evolution are dynamic fields, which are rapidly developing due to recent advances in technology (e.g. genomics, GPS tracking, new simulation techniques, new methods to analyse 'big data'). Both fields play a crucial role in facing the grand challenges of our time, such as the development of realistic plans for coping with the implications of global change or the design of evolutionarily stable strategies for the set-up of a sustainable society.

During the two-year Master's programme Ecology and Evolution you will gain insight into the living organism in relation to its environment. Ecology and evolution are strongly interdependent: without ecology, we cannot really understand natural selection; and without evolution, we cannot really understand the properties of organisms and their interaction with the environment.

The Master's degree programme Ecology and Evolution is offered by the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES), which conducts internationally recognized research in a unique diversity of areas relevant for ecology and evolution, including conservation biology, community ecology, evolutionary genetics and genomics, ecophysiology, evolutionary systems biology, behavioural ecology, and social evolution.

The programmes offers a 'Science, Business and Policy' track, a research track, and two specializations tracks that are strongly research-oriented and designed to provide an optimal preparation for a subsequent PhD and eventually a career in academic research: the Groningen “Top Programme in Evolutionary Biology” and the international double-degree programme “MEME”.

Information for international students

English proficiency on VWO level is required.

Fees and funding

International students
EU €2,006

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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