Explore life from genes to ecosystems

Plants, animals, and microbes all play a key role in the sustainability of life on Earth. The Master's programme in Environmental Biology offers you the opportunity to explore different organisational levels of life – from genes, cells, and organisms to populations and entire ecosystems. 

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


Within the Environmental Biology Master, you can select a specialised track from the following: 

Tailor-made study plan

Alternatively, you can develop an individualised curriculum suited to your unique interests. We offer you considerable flexibility in choosing specific subfields or topics within Environmental Biology. See the study programme and courses page

I started studying biology because I liked animals, but finding out everything that goes on in plants turned out to be more interesting.
Adriaan Verhage
Environmental Biology


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Biosciences
  • Programme: Environmental Biology
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
  • September
  • February
Application deadline:
  • September: Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June 2018
  • September: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April 2018
  • February: Dutch & EU/EER students: 15 October 2018
  • February: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 September 2018
Tuition fees:
Graduate school:
Life Sciences