Biological Sciences (Integrative Plant Sciences Track)

Degree: Master
University: University of Amsterdam , Faculty: Faculty of Economics and Business
City: Amsterdam , Country: Netherlands
Discipline: Natural Sciences
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  • Max Duration 24
  • Tuition fee € 1672
    € 12000 (non-EEA)
  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Admission deadline April 1; Non EU: February 1
  • Programme Alternatives full-time
  • Educational Form research
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    The Research Master's programme in Biological Sciences is a two-year programme for students with a Dutch Bachelor of Science degree or its equivalent in Biology. Some of the tracks of this Master's programme may also be of interest to students of biomedical sciences, life sciences, physical geography, earth sciences, chemistry, environmental sciences, physics, mathematics and even econometrics.

    Studying Biological Sciences at the University of Amsterdam

    The Research Master's programme in Biological Sciences is closely linked to the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) and the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS), both founded in 2000.

    The Master's programme in Biological Sciences consists of four tracks:

    • Ecology and Evolution (MSc)
    • General Biology (MSc)
    • Integrative Plant Sciences (MSc)
    • Limnology and Oceanography (MSc)

    Students choose one of the four tracks based on their specific interests and work toward a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences.

    Integrative Plant Sciences (MSc)

    How can agricultural practice and ecosystem management be improved? How do plants function at the biochemical, genetic and ecological level, and how are these processes regulated? These are just a few of the research areas that are central to the Integrative Plant Sciences programme.

    This programme combines training in theoretical and practical aspects of cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and physiology with ecology, systematics and population biology. This enables students to develop an integrated view of how plants function. Understanding biochemical processes as well as evolutionary and ecological issues and their interrelationship is essential for students in this programme.

    Focus on research: Plant pathologist Frank Takken

    Each time a plant finds a new way to resist a specific type of fungus, the fungus develops a new strategy to circumvent the plant's resistance mechanism. Plant pathologist dr. Frank Takken studies the mechanisms involved in these attack and defence reactions between fungi and plants.

    Studying Integrative Plant Sciences at the University of Amsterdam

    The Research Master's programme in Integrative Plant Sciences is unique because expertise from Amsterdam's two universities - the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University Amsterdam - is combined to form the cooperative Amsterdam Platform for Plant Sciences. All expertise in the field of plant sciences in Amsterdam is concentrated in this single programme, which covers a broad range of subjects unmatched anywhere else in the Netherlands. The programme brings together leading international research groups to train students as specialists with an integrative view of plant sciences.


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