Evolutionary Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
The Top Programme Evolutionary Biology from the University of Groningen is part of the Master's programme in Ecology and Evolution. It provides an optimal preparation for excelling students pursuing a career in academic research.

About

As a student of the Top Programme Evolutionary Biology from the University of Groningen you will be involved with research within the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences that harbours research groups of international excellence. The hallmark of the programme is to explore the interface between ecology and evolution. In line with the mission of GELIFES, the programme also strives to integrate mechanistic 'proximate' approaches (how does a biological system function?) with evolutionary 'ultimate' approaches (why does the system function the way it does?).

Research projects can be found in a broad variety of areas, ranging from community ecology to evolutionary medicine, and from behavioural ecology to evolutionary genetics. Research can be conducted in the field or in the lab and theoretically as well as experimentally.

Job prospects

These programmes are specifically designed to prepare you for a subsequent PhD and eventually a career in academic research. Accordingly, >90% of all Top Programme students continue their career by starting PhD research.

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Programme Structure

1st year

The first semester consists of three mandatory advanced courses Evolutionary Ecology Research; Genomics in Ecology and Evolution; Evolutionary Theory). Two individually supervised research projects (orm the core of the programme.

2nd year

As a student you experience all aspects of modern research practice (formulating a research question, designing a research plan, conducting research, analyzing data, writing a scientific manuscript, presenting and defending the conclusions in public). In addition, students give a colloquium, where they present their ideas on a current research topic, and they write an essay, which is either a literature review or a PhD research proposal.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    580

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    92

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Academic Requirements

Grade average

  • Marks that clearly identify the candidate as belonging to the top 10% of their cohort.

Previous education

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or equivalent. 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2006 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2006 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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