24 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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The Biological Sciences programme of the University of Amsterdam is a challenging Master's programme with world-renowned research on plant and animal species and the ecosystems to which they belong.


It invites you to explore the options to sustainably use and protect the earth’s biodiversity. Your Master’s diploma qualifies for excellent positions both in- and outside the academia, anywhere in the world.

Specialised tracks

The Biological Sciences programme of the University of Amsterdam offers specialised tracks in:

Ecology and Evolution

For expert training in biodiversity science choose the Ecology and Evolution track and become a specialist in topics such as origin and evolution of species, modelling community dynamics, biodiversity change at global and geological time scales (bird migration, effect of climate change), urban ecology and wildlife conservation.

Freshwater & Marine Biology

If you are eager to expand your knowledge and skills in freshwater or marine ecosystems, dive into the Freshwater and Marine Biology track.

Green Life Sciences

If your focus is on plants and their interaction with the environment at a molecular level, become part of the Green Life Sciences community. 

General Biology

If you are looking for the freedom to compile your own programme in biodiversity and life sciences, then the General Biology track is the best option for you.

Career prospects

Your Master’s diploma qualifies for excellent positions both in- and outside the academia, anywhere in the world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Project Biological Sciences
  • Literature Review BS
  • Current Trends in Ecology and Evolution
  • Advances in Aquatic Sciences
  • Biotic Interactions
  • Plant Breeding and Biotechnology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be eligible for the track Ecology and Evolution of the Master's programme Biological Sciences, you must hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology, or its equivalent
  • A bachelor’s Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.5 or higher (according to the Dutch grading system). The GPA is the average of the bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load.
  • You have obtained your Bachelor’s degree within one year after the end of the nominal period of that programme
  • You must have completed a Bachelor's Thesis (experimental work or field work) of at least 15 EC. The subject of the Bachelor's thesis must show affinity with and advanced knowledge of the track Ecology and Evolution.
  • You must have advanced (2nd and 3rd year BSc level) knowledge in Ecology and Evolution

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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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