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MScBiology: Adaptive Organisms

Radboud University
Netherlands, Nijmegen
Tuition fee €16,500 per year
Application fee €75 one-time

The handling fee is NOT applicable to:

- Students with a nationality from the EEA countries or from countries that are candidates for EEA membership*
- Students who receive a full scholarship (proven by uploading a grant statement)

This fee will be refunded to you once you are fully enrolled as a student at Radboud University. The fee is NOT refundable when you are not admitted.

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Knowledge about stress adaptation is crucial for our society. Think of animal well-being, nature conservation, agriculture and biotechnology. This a challenging research-orientated programme that covers the fundamental processes involved in stress responses of plants, micro-organisms and animals. At Radboud University, fundamental research is connected to these real-life situations, by collaborating with governmental organisations, NGOs and biotech companies.

Master’s in Adaptive Organisms: something for you?

- You will get an extensive background in academic research.
- The courses include fieldwork and visits to research institutes and biotechnological companies.
- This specialisation is closely connected to the Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR), a leading institute in wet ecosystems and stress biology research.
- Radboud University just opened a new greenhouse complex and offers students the possibility to work with advanced research equipment and techniques, like electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, and next-generation sequencing.
- You will get the chance to do a six-month internship abroad.

Programme structure

The Master’s specialisation in Adaptive Organisms is taught at the Faculty of Science. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The first year of this specialisation contains five compulsory courses in the first quartile. You can compose the rest of the programme with specialisation and free electives, internships, literature thesis and optionally a field course in Switzerland or Ireland. The structure of the programme is presented here.

Career opportunities

After graduation, the students quickly take up positions as researchers in universities, research institutes, government departments or companies. And – often after obtaining their PhD degree – they also apply their academic background to societal issues, for example as a communications or policy officer. In general, the graduates end up as a:

- Researcher at a university or research institute
- Researcher in a company, either a large or a start-up company
- Researcher at a governmental institute or NGO
- Consultant in agriculture or nature conservation
- Policy officer
- Communications officer at nature organisation
- Teacher in biology (HBO or secondary education level)

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States