2 Jahre
1. September. (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)
bachelor degree
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Application deadline: 1 May (1 April if you want to use the housing options of the VU)
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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 an aim in itself 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.

All tracks in the Amsterdam Ecology programme are full-time, two year programmes, comprising 120 ECTS. The first four months of each year are spent on coursework. The remainder of each year is spent on a literature survey and research projects.

The Ecology and Evolution specialization is a combination of the former Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam Ecology and Evolution programmes. The track offers a broad and varied package of courses from which you can chose to suit your own personal interests. You will share classes and teachers with students from the two universities. This is a unique opportunity to profit from the diversity in scientific expertise, teaching experience, research equipment and all other facilities the two universities can offer you. To participate in this programme you need to be registered as a MSc Ecology student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology is a new programme developed at  the VU and UvA operating in the multidisciplinary fields of Ecology, Analytical Chemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Human Health Sciences.
To participate in this programme you need to be registered as a MSc Ecology student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The Limnology and Oceanography (UvA) track is an existing programme at the UVA studying the
Biology, Chemistry and Physics of freshwater ecosystems (Limnology) and marine ecosystems (Oceanography).To participate in this programme you need to be registered as a MSc Biological Sciences student at UvA University.

Career prospects
As a Master’s graduate in Ecology, you have a wide range of career options. The demand for ecologists is considerable these days. About 50 percent of our graduates continues their studies, pursuing a PhD project. Others (10-15%) find jobs in applied environmental sciences and the remaining in societally related fields. They deal with topics like:

  • Nature management and restoration
  • Landscape planning
  • Plant breeding 
  • Environmental consultancy

Some graduates work in policy preparation for government, water boards or NGO’s. Others are involved in scientific communication or environment and nature education.

After graduation from the Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology programme, you will be able to analyze, understand and manage the risks of chemicals in the environment, allowing you to pursue a career in academia and non-profit organizations, private industry or chemical regulation.

For more information create your own program brochure on
Request up to five programs and select which information you wish to receive. After sending the request, you will get an email with a download link for your pdf brochure.

Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
De Boelelaan 1085, room H-142
1081 HV Amsterdam

Dr. Gerard Driessen
phone: +31 (0)20 59 87046


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