Biological Sciences (Limnology and Oceanography 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.

    Limnology and Oceanography (MSc)

    Water covers 70% of the Earth's surface and sets our planet apart from every other planet we know. Water plays an important role in the global climate and is a source of food, minerals, energy and recreation. Aquatic ecosystems teem with organisms, ranging from tiny phytoplankton and zooplankton to coral, fish, and whales. Unfortunately, aquatic ecosystems are also used as `dumping grounds' for much of society's waste and are profoundly affected by global change.

    The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) multidisciplinary Research Master's track in Limnology and Oceanography is devoted to the study of the biology, chemistry and physics of aquatic ecosystems. It is geared towards gaining a better understanding of the world's aquatic resources and working toward their protection. This multidisciplinary Research Master's programme offers an advanced curriculum, with a dual focus on freshwater ecosystems (limnology) and marine ecosystems (oceanography). The Limnology and Oceanography programme provides a challenging educational programme for students interested in the aquatic sciences, and offers career prospects in the scientific arena and social others.

    Studying Limnology and Oceanography at the University of Amsterdam

    The Netherlands is a world leader in water management and aquatic research. This Master's programme applies this expertise to its investigation of lake, river, sea and ocean ecosystems. This programme is unique in the Netherlands in that it devotes attention to both freshwater and marine ecosystems and integrates the scientific disciplines relevant to aquatic ecosystems.


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