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Biology is a two year master program in English at Radboud University.

Central question in this program is how humans, animals and plants adapt to their environment. You will study at all levels the mechanisms that lie underneath this adaptation, ranging from the smallest living entities, such as molecules, cells and pollen until larger entities such as ecosystems, river courses and entire populations.
The program has 4 specializations: Adaptive organisms, Communities and Ecosystems, Microbiology and Water and Environment.

Adaptive Organisms focuses on processes at the sub-organismal level. The adaptations of organisms to environmental stresses will be studied by using the latest molecular and physiological tools.
Communities and Ecosystems deals with the ecology of units of interacting individuals, in populations, communities and ecosystems. Ecogenomics tools are applied to obtain information on unknown components such as microbial composition or evolutionary history of populations. This information together gives insight in how different communities (plants, animals, micro-organisms) within an ecosystem are interrelated and interdependent, and how they determine the resilience of the community to environmental stress. This fundamental knowledge is applied in proven applications in nature and water management.

Microbiology deals with the interface between fundamental biological and medical sciences. It focuses on molecular, medical and environmental microbiology to improve our health and environment and provides in-depth insight into present-day microbial research in general and clinical microbiology.

Water and Environment focuses on problems such as climate change, flooding, eutrophication, chemical pollution, habitat fragmentation and bio-invasions. The university will provide you with the laboratory, field and assessment tools needed to protect ecosystem and human health in the context of multiple environmental pressures. If you choose this specialization you can follow the sub-track Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management (TWM), an international double degree programme set up together with the University of Duisburg-Essen (in Germany). You will spend half of the study time at Radboud University, and the other half at the University of Duisburg-Essen; after successfully completing the Master program you will receive a Double Master's degree from both universities.

The Biology programme is rated number three in the Netherlands in the KeuzegidsMasters 2013 (Guide to Master's programmes) in the category Biologie (Biology).

Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands

Duration: 2 years

Specializations: Adaptive organisms, Communities and Ecosystems, Microbiology and Water and Environment.

Basic subjects:
-For Adaptive Organisms: Advanced Adaptation Physiology, Microbiology of Wetland Ecosystems, Molecular Physiology of Plant Stress Adaptation, Orientation in Biology and Environmental Sciences, Quantitative Conservation Biology;

- For Communities and Ecosystems: Biodiversity and Ecological Assessment, Environmental and Ecological Modelling, Management of Ecosystems, Microbiology of Wetland Ecosystems, Orientation in Biology and Environmental Sciences, Quantitative Conservation Biology;

-For Water and Environment: Biodiversity and Ecological Assessment, Ecological and Environmental Concepts, Environmental and Ecological Modelling, Management of Ecosystems, Orientation in Biology and Environmental Sciences

Possible careers: Researchers at universities or in companies, Supervisors of clinical trials, Consultants, Lecturers, Policy coordinators, Teachers

Admission requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in the field of Biology
  • Cover Letter
  • Copy of ID
  • English certificate:
  • A) IELTS certificate with a minimum of 6 points; TOEFL Internet version at least 80 or TOEFL 213 computer version.
  • B) If you have a bachelor degree in English you do not need a certificate

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