Studying nature for knowledge and sustainability

Ecologists investigate the relationships between organisms and their environment. As a master’s student you will study how nature works. Both as an aim in itself to understand and explain why the world looks like this and to develop the tools to predict and combat problems caused by pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. You will study Ecology from a plant, animal and systems perspective. Ecological processes are investigated from the molecular level on to the regional and global scale, where field observations and experiments are used to identify ecosystems’ patterns and functions.

The VU masters’ programme in Ecology and Evolution has an explicit research oriented character and is designed to provide the students the knowledge, skills and insights to operate as an independent professional scientist in the fields of Ecology and Evolution and to become a promising candidate for a subsequent PhD position or other research related function in a fundamental or applied ecological field.

  • Language of instruction:English
  • Duration:2 years
  • Tuition fee:Information about tuition fees (collegegeld)
  • Application deadline:1 June for Dutch students. 1 April for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students.* * EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam University Amsterdam can still apply until 1 June.
  • Start date:1 September
  • Study type:Full-time
  • Field of Interest:Natural Sciences
  • Specializations:

     Ecology & Evolution

  • Admission requirements:

    Admission requirements



“The Ecology and Evolution programme offers many opportunities to do your own research abroad with interesting, fun and challenging internships. The cooperation between the VU University and the University of Amsterdam makes it possible to take courses at both universities and meet twice as many people! The small scale brings a very cozy and intimate atmosphere between both students and teachers. I recommend the programme to anyone who wishes to become a researcher in the field of ecology.”

Michiel Blaas, MSc student Ecology and Evolution 


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