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

* Note: this track is being offered untill 2018/19. As from 2019/20 it will no longer be possible to enter this track.

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

This Master’s gives me a lot of freedom: I can specialize in what I do best and what really matters to me.
Annelies Donkerlaar, Environmental Biology
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
Croho code:
Language of instruction:
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 2019
  • September: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April 2019
  • February: Dutch & EU/EER students: 15 October 2019
  • February: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 September 2019
Tuition fees:
Graduate school:
Life Sciences