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What will I learn?

Explore life from genes to ecosystems

Plants, animals, and microbes all play a key role in the sustainability of life on Earth. The Master's programme in Environmental Biology offers you the opportunity to explore different organisational levels of life – from genes, cells, and organisms to populations and entire ecosystems.

In this programme, you will study the fundamental life processes of plants and microbes. The interdisciplinary course content also offers you the chance to examine animal behaviour from an ecological and evolutionary perspective.


Within the Environmental Biology Master, you can select a specialized track from the following:

  1. Plant Biology
  2. Fungal Biology
  3. Ecology and Natural Resource Management
  4. Biomarine Sciences & Palaeoecology
  5. Behavioral Ecology

Academic Careers

A significant proportion of Environmental Biology Master’s students continue on to PhD studies. Utrecht University provides ample opportunities for PhD research, such as the PhD programme in Environmental Biology. However, there are also excellent opportunities to perform your PhD research elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad.

Professional Careers

Graduates that do not choose to follow a PhD programme can find employment in research institutes, such as RIVM, TNO, KNAW-NIOO, NIOZ, Plant Research International, in environmental consultancy firms, such as Arcadis, Royal Haskoning, Tauw Milieu, or Witteveen en Bos, or in or private or government nature protection or restoration organisations, such as World Wildlife Foundation, Natuurmonumenten, Wetlands International, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, provincial water boards, or ministries and provincial authorities.

Students with a Behavioural Ecology background may find employment at Zoo's (e.g. Arnhem, Antwerp, Vogel park Waldroden), Stitching AAP, or Noldus.

Students may also choose to follow a career in industry, such as the plant breeding companies Monsanto, ENZA Seeds, Rijk Zwaan, Nunhems Seeds, Syngenta, Nickerson Zwaan, or BEJO Seeds, or at biotechnology companies, such as DSM, Genetwister or Keygene.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€20,473.00 (16,72,631) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,


3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Religious Studies if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills: A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or in one of the social sciences; Proven interest in Religious Studies, as evidenced in a minimum of 30 EC in a relevant field at the Bachelor’s level; Knowledge of basic concepts in Religious Studies and insight into relevant methods; A high standard of academic achievement, as evidenced in an overall grade point average and a Bachelor’s thesis grade equaling “good” or better in the applicable national system. (Typically, Dutch grade 7.5; US grade B; ECTS grade C.) English language requirements: ELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 93 with at least 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing (internet-based test), institutional scores are not accepted. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

You are eligible to enter the programme with:

  • a BSc in biology with knowledge of ecological, behavioural, physiological or molecular aspects of plants, animals, or microbes at a level equivalent to a Utrecht University Bachelor’s in Biology, or
  • a higher education in applied sciences (HLO) diploma in the above-mentioned fields of study, sometimes in combination with the completion of a pre-Master’s programme (30-60 EC).

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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