Do you want to know ...

  • how global change affects biodiversity?

  • how we can manage our natural resources in a sustainable manner?

  • how we can learn from nature to design sustainable next-generation crops?

  • what we can learn from microbes in nature and how to make them useful for mankind?

  • how animal behaviour can be explained from an ecological and evolutionary perspective?

If you are interested in questions like these, then the Master’s programme Environmental Biology at Utrecht University is the right choice!

Explore life from genes to ecosystems

Plants, animals and microbes play key roles in the sustainability of life on earth. The Master's programme Environmental Biology offers you the opportunity to explore different organisational levels of life – from genes, cells and organisms, to populations and entire ecosystems. Through the lens of innovation by nature, you will contribute to research on grand societal challenges such as sustainable food security, effects of climate change, and natural resource management. 

In this programme, you study the fundamental life processes of plants, animals and microbes. The interdisciplinary course content also offers you the chance to examine ecology, biology and animal behaviour from an evolutionary perspective. 


Within the Master's programme Environmental Biology, you can select a specialised track:   

  • Plant Biology 
  • Fungal Biology 
  • Ecology and Natural Resource Management 
  • Behavioural Ecology

Why in Utrecht

  • Follow a multidisciplinary programme that integrates different levels of biological organisation from genes to ecosystems. 
  • As part of the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) you get an interdisciplinary approach. The GSLS brings together the research expertise and facilities of the faculties of Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, in cooperation with UMC Utrecht.   
  • Enjoy our introduction week Life Sciences, covering all aspects of academic education, including science integrity, career development, valorization, and  industry.

Key facts

Biosciences (MSc)
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Mode of study: 
Study duration: 
2 years
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 21,736

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Accredited by the NVAO
Graduate school: 
Life Sciences
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