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Researchers at IBED are mainly involved in the two UvA MSc pogrammes Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences. Master students of these programmes follow a tailored study programme chosen from a range of special MSc courses and are actively involved in one of the many state-of-the-art research projects of IBED carried out in Amsterdam and/or abroad. IBED takes the research contribution of master students very seriously and devotes much time to providing a thorough and challenging supervision. As a result, master projects often lead to publication in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Given the applied nature and societal relevance of the research of IBED, the institute has also has an extensive network of (inter)national partners in government, education, private organizations and industry. Master students can profit from this vast partner network of IBED for e.g. internships. 

Master programme Earth Sciences

Global change, the increasing demand for scarce resources and the degradation and pollution of landscape, soil and water means that we need skilled professionals of earth sciences now more than ever. Professionals who understand the earth as a complex system and are able to lead the way towards a more sustainable future.

With us, you will study in an inspiring environment where scientists work in a stimulating interdisciplinary setting on the cutting edge between physical geography, ecology, hydrology and environmental chemistry. Within IBED we offer you a wide range of brand new and state of the art facilities (e-science labs including GIS, remote sensing and geo-ecological modelling, soil- and environmental chemistry and erosion labs) to enable you to let your course work meet the latest scientific standards.

Master programme Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences at the UvA is a challenging Master's programme with world-renowned research on plant and animal species and the ecosystems to which they belong. It invites you to explore the options to sustainably use and protect the earth’s biodiversity. Your Master’s diploma qualifies for excellent positions both in- and outside the academia, anywhere in the world.