Research course (will run subject to approval)

Evolutionary Biology

University of Groningen · University of Groningen
MSc by research

Entry requirements

  • Marks that clearly identify the candidate as belonging to the top 10% of their cohort.
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or equivalent.
  • The top programma Evolutionary Biology is an advanced track within the MSc programme Ecology and Evolution. You can apply via Studielink by selecting the MSc programme Ecology and Evolution and add the notification or remark Evolutionary Biology.

Months of entry


Course content

The Top Programme Evolutionary Biology is part of the Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution. It provides an optimal preparation for excelling students pursuing a career in academic research.

As a student of the Top Programme you will be involved with research within the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) that harbours research groups of international excellence. The hallmark of the programme is to explore the interface between ecology and evolution. In line with the mission of GELIFES, the programme also strives to integrate mechanistic 'proximate' approaches (how does a biological system function? ) with evolutionary 'ultimate' approaches (why does the system function the way it does? ).

Research projects can be found in a broad variety of areas, ranging from community ecology to evolutionary medicine, and from behavioural ecology to evolutionary genetics. Research can be conducted in the field or in the lab and theoretically as well as experimentally.

Since the Top Programme is highly demanding and challenging, only the top 10-15% of a cohort can be admitted. During these projects, students are fully embedded in a research group where they work on their own research questions. The label 'Top Master' programme to a limited number of selective, international programmes that are strongly research oriented and specifically designed to provide an optimal preparation for a subsequent PhD project and eventually a career in academic research.

We also offer the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME), which is a joint initiative of the universities of Groningen, Montpellier (France), Munich (Germany), Uppsala (Sweden) and Harvard (USA). MEME is based on the same philosophy as the Top programme, but students have extra mobility requirements, since they are supposed to obtain a double degree from two different universities.

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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