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

Overview

Explore Life From Genes To Ecosystems

In the Environmental Biology programme taught at Utrecht University, 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.

Tracks

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

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

Career Prospects

A significant proportion of Environmental Biology Master’s students continue on to PhD studies. Utrecht University provides ample opportunities for PhD research, such as the PhD programme in Environmental Biology. However, there are also excellent opportunities to perform your PhD research elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad. 

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Management of Natural Resources in Context
  • Ecology of Natural Resources
  • Plant Environment Interactions
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Applied Plant Biology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    93

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

1. A relevant bachelor degree

Bachelor programmes that most likely meet the requirements are:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences, with a minor matching the specific knowledge requirements
  • Biotechnology
  • Life sciences
  • Other relevant science programme
2. Relevant knowledge, insight and skills
  • Basic knowledge in the field of Biology (minimum level 1 bachelor)
  • Sufficient knowledge in biostatistics
  • In depth knowledge (level 3 bachelor), insight and mastery of methods and techniques in ecology, plant physiology or molecular aspects of plant biology, microbiology and/or behavioural biology.

3. High overall score (GPA, average grade, grading tables).

4. High level of academic competences

5. Personal competences

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20473 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20473 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Bright Minds Fellowships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Erasmus+ Master loans
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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