Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology explores how plants, animals and microorganisms function and adapt to their constantly changing environment. As a Master’s student in Environmental Biology you are inspired by nature and work on questions like ‘how can science feed the world?’ and ‘how does climate change affect our natural resources?’. You will study the biological mechanisms underlying the interactions of plants, animals or microorganisms with the biotic and abiotic environment at organizational levels that can range from genes, cells and organisms to populations and whole ecosystems.
The programme starts with Introducing Life Sciences, a mandatory introduction week for all Master’s students of the GSLS.

The following examples illustrate typical research questions in Environmental Biology:

  • How does global change affect biodiversity?
  • How can we manage our natural resources in a sustainable manner? 
  • How do plants adapt to biotic and abiotic stress? 
  • How do plants develop and respond to light?
  • How can we learn from nature to design sustainable next-generation crops?
  • What can we learn from microbes in nature and make them useful for mankind?
  • How can animal behaviour be explained from an ecological and evolutionary perspective? 

Future perspectives
Environmental Biology trains you to a high academic level. You will, individually or in a team, be challenged to address fundamental and applied environmental problems. You will learn about the most modern experimental and mathematical methods and techniques and also how to apply molecular and genetic tools to a wide range of biological problems.

Our programme is directly linked to the PhD programme Environmental Biology of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. 

For more information on the Environmental Biology Master’s programme, visit our website.

Programme scheme
*Since 2018-2019, Introducing Life Sciences, together with the Life Sciences Seminars and Navigation Towards Personal Excellence, is part of the course Life Sciences Academy

Major Research project
Mandatory theoretical courses
Elective component
Writing assignment
Life Sciences Academy*

Course list