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Ecology and Evolution

Programma-opties

  • Evolutionary Biology (track)

    This programme is for students with an interest in understanding all facets of evolution.

    It offers advanced theoretical and practical training to provide students with a head-start in a subsequent PhD, and eventually a career in scientific research. This programme is for students with an interest in understanding all facets of evolution. It offers advanced theoretical and practical training to provide students with a head-start in a subsequent PhD, and eventually a career in scientific research. During the first year, students follow a set of multidisciplinary courses that are developed to provide an overview of the fundamental principles underlying modern evolutionary biology, including developing the scientific, methodological and academic skills required for conducting research. During two major research projects, students receive individually supervised research training, while working on their own research questions. During these projects, students are fully embedded in leading research groups where they and can make use of state-of-the art research methods and facilities. Research projects can be conducted in all areas related to ecology and evolution. There are options for students to follow part of their programme at one of our partner universities: Uppsala, Montpellier or Munich . Under strict mobility requirements, students can study at two of these partner universities, and in the end receive MSc degrees from two universities (a "double degree").

  • Ecology & Conservation (track)

    This programme is designed for students that strive to become an ecologist that can contribute to an understanding of the global ecological problems, and help to solve them.

    In this programme, students will learn how organisms, populations and communities are affected by changing environmental conditions, and how this knowledge can contribute to successful ecological conservation and restoration programs. This track will equip students with the knowledge and skills to work in scientific research, conservation & restoration, ecological consultancy, management, education, private corporations and (non-) governmental organizations. The first semester consists of three mandatory advanced courses, and the option for a series of elective courses. In the two major research projects, students are individually supervised while working on their own research questions. Research projects can be conducted in all areas related to ecology, conservation and evolution.

Opbouw programma

You can choose between the two tracks:

1) Evolutionary Biology

2) Ecology & Conservation

It is also possible to follow the Ecology and Evolution Master without further specialization, allowing you to mix-and-match courses from the different programmes.

The programme tracks start with a series of mandatory courses on the advanced theory and state-of the-art in the research field of the tracks (20-30 EC), followed by a series of elective specialist-topic or skill courses, tailored to the individual preferences of the student (10-20 EC). A large proportion of the programme is devoted to two research projects in which the students are fully embedded in a research group of their choice, to conduct their own research. To guarantee optimal supervision and a first-class research environment, the first project (30-40 EC) has to be carried out at the University of Groningen. The second project (30 EC) is to be conducted in a different research group, either at the University of Groningen or elsewhere, to learn new techniques and scientific approaches, and to extend the scientific network. If desired, this second project can be done abroad. Students in the track Evolutionary biology can opt for a double degree with either one of the universities of Uppsala, Montpelier or Munich.

You can choose between the two tracks:

1) Evolutionary Biology

2) Ecology & Conservation

It is also possible to follow the Ecology and Evolution Master without further specialization, allowing you to mix-and-match courses from the different programmes.

The programme tracks start with a series of mandatory courses on the advanced theory and state-of the-art in the research field of the tracks (20-30 EC), followed by a series of elective specialist-topic or skill courses, tailored to the individual preferences of the student (10-20 EC). A large proportion of the programme is devoted to two research projects in which the students are fully embedded in a research group of their choice, to conduct their own research. To guarantee optimal supervision and a first-class research environment, the first project (30-40 EC) has to be carried out at the University of Groningen. The second project (30 EC) is to be conducted in a different research group, either at the University of Groningen or elsewhere, to learn new techniques and scientific approaches, and to extend the scientific network. If desired, this second project can be done abroad. Students in the track Evolutionary biology can opt for a double degree with either one of the universities of Uppsala, Montpelier or Munich.

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is aanbevolen
  • Voor gemiddeld 20 weken
  • Maximaal 60 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Waarom in Groningen?
  • Combination of in-depth training and the opportunity for designing a tailor-made programme in ecology and evolution
  • Offers a double degree for the track Evolutionary Biology with the universities of Uppsala, Montpellier or Munich
  • Students form collaborative cohorts and frequently interact with their supervisors & teachers
  • Coaching by personal mentor
  • Broad spectrum of research projects, tailored to the individual preferences of the student, ranging from microbes to whales, and from molecules to ecosystems. Research can be conducted in the field or in the lab and theoretically as well as experimentally.
  • Opportunities to conduct field work in diverse environments (on all five continents), including the nearby Wadden Sea (on the UNESCO World Heritage list) and the arctic regions.
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and GELIFES is the home of the 2014 Spinoza Prize winner, Theunis Piersma.
  • Combination of in-depth training and the opportunity for designing a tailor-made programme in ecology and evolution
  • Offers a double degree for the track Evolutionary Biology with the universities of Uppsala, Montpellier or Munich
  • Students form collaborative cohorts and frequently interact with their supervisors & teachers
  • Coaching by personal mentor
  • Broad spectrum of research projects, tailored to the individual preferences of the student, ranging from microbes to whales, and from molecules to ecosystems. Research can be conducted in the field or in the lab and theoretically as well as experimentally.
  • Opportunities to conduct field work in diverse environments (on all five continents), including the nearby Wadden Sea (on the UNESCO World Heritage list) and the arctic regions.
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and GELIFES is the home of the 2014 Spinoza Prize winner, Theunis Piersma.

Students choose a mentor to coach them in the design of their individual programme, which will lead to a personal professional profile in Research or in Science, Business and Policy. They can design their own path, with their desired specialization or without a specialization, and their personal mentor helps them find their optimal trajectory.

More information about the general programme options and its compulsory and optional courses can be found on http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fse/vak/showpos?opleiding=4857.

Students choose a mentor to coach them in the design of their individual programme, which will lead to a personal professional profile in Research or in Science, Business and Policy. They can design their own path, with their desired specialization or without a specialization, and their personal mentor helps them find their optimal trajectory.

More information about the general programme options and its compulsory and optional courses can be found on http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fse/vak/showpos?opleiding=4857.

  • Testimonial van Siwen Tang

    My Ecology and Evolution programme gives me a lot of freedom, which means I can schedule my time the way I like

    Life at the university is totally different from my home country China . My Ecology and Evolution programme gives me a lot of freedom, which means I can schedule my time the way I like. We work in projects a lot, so I get the chance to practice my applied skills. You learn to solve problems by yourself and work independently. But at the same time my classmates, the professors and the university staff are always there when I'm in need for help or advice!

    I love the fact that the study programme allows me to do an internship as a project. An internship gives me the chance to familiarize with our scientific work in real companies and institutes. This experience is really valuable for my future career. A piece of advice to future students would be to inform about possible projects before you arrive here. It gives you an advantage when you've already found a suitable project and supervisor.

    I would recommend Ecology and Evolution, and the city of Groningen as a whole, to any prospective student who wants to enjoy a quiet, cosy and academic studying experience abroad! The University has a great 400 year history , the residents are lovely and friendly, and all speak English at a high level. Other than that, I really enjoy riding my little cute bike to anywhere I want in this city! it's convenient and safe.

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    – Siwen Tang
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