24 months
17000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


This Water and Environment specialisation at Radboud University  is closely connected to the Institute for Water and Wetlands Research (IWWR), a leading institute in wetland ecosystem and stress biology research. The programme focuses on environmental issues on different scales, and works to understand the stressors of ecosystems as a starting point.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Programme overview

The Master's specialisation in Water and Environment focuses on environmental issues on different scales, and works to understand the stressors of ecosystems as a starting point.

You will be trained in analysing the impact of humans on ecosystem and health, and learn how to quantitatively assess and manage issue like climate change, pollution and land use.

Together, the specialisations within the Master’s in Biology cover the whole range from organism to ecosystem and environment, which means you can create the programme that fits your interests.

This specialisation is connected to the Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR), a leading institute in research to wetland ecosystems and stress biology.

Would you like to know if you are eligible to be admitted to this programme? Take our E-Check and instantly get an insight in your eligibility: echeck.ru.nl

What will you learn?

  • Gain a theoretical background in biology, ecology and ecosystems

  • Learn to connect ecosystem health to the actions and practices of humankind
  • Get a thorough background in academic research with two internships

  • Learn how to build models for environmental problems and how to utilize models in different settings

Career prospects

After graduation, about one third of our students quickly take up a position as researcher and one third starts working at a policy officer at a governmental organisation or an NGO. The rest of the students usually choose for a position in industry, for example, as a risk analyser of toxic substances. In general, our graduates end up as a:

  • Researcher at a university or research institute
  • Researcher in a company, either a large or a start-up company
  • Researcher at a governmental research institute
  • Consultant at a governmental agency, like a ministry
  • Consultant at a consulting firm
  • Risk analyser
  • Policy officer at a governmental organisation or an NGO
  • Project coordinator in water or ecosystem management

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Orientation in biology and environmental sciences 
  • Ecological and environmental concepts 
  • Management of ecosystems 
  • Biodiversity and ecological assessment 
  • Environmental and ecological modelling 
  • Ecology and Management of Large Rivers
  • Apoptosis
  • Field Course Ireland 
  • Environmental Life cycle assessment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Bachelor's degree

Entering the Master’s specialisation in Water and Environment requires a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences or a related field of science.An international degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted, and if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.

Students must have passed (preliminary) examinations containing the following subject matter:

  • Ecology 12 EC
  • Water Quality 6 EC
  • Statistics/ Modelling 6 EC
  • Geographic Info Systems 6 EC
  • Climate change 6 EC
  • A proficiency in English
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

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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