Biological Sciences: Freshwater & Marine Biology (formerly: Limnology and Oceanography) (MSc)
The primary focus of the programme is research, conducted either within the university, at other research institutes in the Netherlands or abroad. The following research areas are offered to students within the university:
- Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology
- Aquatic Microbiology
- Marine Microbiology
- Tropical Marine Biology
- Theoretical Ecology
And there are several options at institutes outside the UvA:
Courses offer you the foundation required to conduct research in the biology, chemistry and physics of aquatic systems. The programme's curriculum covers a variety of topics in different disciplines, including algal blooms, hydrodynamics and phytoplankton, effects of climate change, water management, benthic ecology, microfilms, coral bleaching, natural products in sponges, aquatic ecotoxicology etc. These courses incorporate theory with laboratory and field work.
Majors or Tesla Minor: if you want more than research
Students of the Master’s programme Biological Sciences have further the option to choose one of three professional majors (60 EC) or minor (30 EC), each designed to train a specific set of skills needed as a secondary school teacher, in policy and communication or elsewhere outside the academia.:
- The major Teaching: prepares students to become a teacher in Biology at secondary schools and Higher Vocational Education (Dutch: HBO). This major is offered by the Interfacultaire Lerarenopleidingen (ILO).
- The major Science Communication: prepares students for a role in communication between science and other societal sectors. This major is offered by the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
- The major Science in Society: trains skills such as reading and writing policy advisory reports, management and leadership, and organisation, and is meant for students with a broad interest in current affairs, social issues, policy, management and entrepreneurship. This major is offered by the Athena Institute of the VU.
- Minor Tesla: trains skills needed in interdisciplinary environments by tackling real business or societal cases with external partners. This minor has recently been developed by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Faculty of Science (http://teslaminor.nl/)
Bring your own device
All students enrolled in Biological Sciences are requested to bring their own laptop, due to the nature of the programme. More information on specific system requirements can be found here.