Study programme

Environmental Biology is a two-year Master’s programme (120 EC). EC stands for European Credits, where 1 EC equals 28 hours of work.


The programme offers 4 tracks, all focusing on a different field within Environmental Biology. When applying for the programme you must indicate the track of your preference. Your choice determines which courses you will take and the type of research you will be involved in. 

The curriculum consists of the following six components (with specified credits), covering both practical research training and advanced theoretical education.


The course list of this programme consists of compulsory courses (dependent on your track choice) and elective courses. Explore the course list to get an impression of the options (the list may be subject to changes).    

Educational methods

Educational methods include, but are not limited to:

  • Internships
  • Lectures
  • Seminars


Examinations include, but are not limited to:

  • Research report
  • Presentations 
  • Assignments 

Extra opportunities

Utrecht University offers several honours programmes for students looking for an extra challenge. Honours education is followed on top of your regular Master’s programme and goes beyond the regular curriculum. Honours programmes are available at both faculty and interdisciplinary level and allow you to go deeper into subjects or work on projects that transcend your own discipline.

Read more about the honours programmes