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MSc in Conservation and Restoration Ecology


Radboud University    Science

Full time September MSc 2 years full time

About the course

An ecosystem is a biological community consisting of numerous plants, animals and micro-organisms, influenced by soil and water characteristics, weather conditions and human intervention. In this Master’s specialisation, you will get insight in the relations between individuals, populations and communities with their environment. You will also learn how they react to environmental stress. This fundamental knowledge can be applied in nature protection and restoration or in nature-based industrial processes, for example water purification.

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Entry Requirements

Entering the Master’s specialisation in Conservation and Restoration Ecology requires a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences or a related field of science. In order to take part in this programme, a sufficient level of English proficiency is required. Language proficiency can be proven via certain diplomas, or by successfully completing an accepted language test.

The Admissions Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge and the required level of the Bachelor’s degree. Your foreign Bachelor's degree must be equivalent to a Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch research university.


Fees

The legal tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year is €2.314,- and is applicable to EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese students who have not yet obtained a Master’s degree in the Netherlands. Our tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is 17,000 euros.

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What I like about the Conservation & Restoration Ecology specialisation is the diversity of courses. During the different mandatory courses various ecosystems are discussed. During the courses you'll look at the biogeochemical aspects, but also at the conservation of species and the microbiology of aquatic systems. During the specialisation you also have room for elective courses. In this way you can take a broader look and choose other courses, for example from other specialisations.

The relationship between students and teachers is informal. Teachers are very willing to help students. This can be done by walking into their office or by sending them an email. Especially when you do an internship at a department of the university, teachers will get to know you better and this will only improve the relationship! Some of the teachers even know the name of every student present in class. I really like the coherence between teachers and students.

Sometimes the workload is high and many things are expected from students at the same time. However, in case of problems the teachers are always there to help and to - sometimes - make an exception for a deadline, for example.

I am currently doing an internship at the Aquatic ecology department at Radboud University. I am looking at the emission of methane (strong greenhouse gas) by an invasive aquatic plant (Water hyacinth) in relation to environmental variables and plant characteristics. I am supervised by Dr. S. Kosten, one of the lecturers for this specialisation. Beforehand I was unconfident. Fortunately, this was fully understood and my supervisor quickly gave me self-confidence. I have been very well and intensively supervised. Also for your internship, know that you can walk by your supervisor. At the moment I am in the final phase of my internship and together with my supervisor I am busy writing and publishing a scientific article on my internship subject. This is a unique opportunity that you should grab with both hands, if you ask me!

After completing my studies, I would like to pursue a career in science. I want to do a PhD, preferably at the Aquatic Ecology department (where I am now also doing an internship). My plan B? I would also like to work for RIVM, the government offers many opportunities focused on nature conservation.

Scholarships

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is a very selective scholarship programme. It offers talented, highly motivated, non-EEA students with outstanding study results the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship for a complete English-taught Radboud University Master’s degree programme.

Each year, a number of partial scholarships are awarded within the Radboud Scholarship Programme for the duration of one of the English taught Master's degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

A Radboud Scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to € 2,209,- For example: a grant holder in 2022/2023 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,209,- instead of €16,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice
- Have been (will be) fully admitted to the English-taught Master's degree programme starting 1 September

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae. If you already uploaded these documents for the Master’s programme application, you can upload the same documents again for your scholarship application.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the Master's programme does not imply selection for the scholarship.

Deadline
You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest


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Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of € 1,300. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately € 174). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of € 1,300. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately € 174) will also be covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

The grant for a two year Master's will be available for both years of study, on the condition that sufficient progress is made and sufficient results have been achieved in the first year. If awarded for the second year, the second grant period will not exceed 11 monthly installments of € 1,300.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~€25000 per year

Eligibility

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.

Please note that U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands. In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch or European Union citizenship will not be considered.

Application Procedure

Scholarship applications for 2022-2023 are open and close on Tuesday 12 October, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

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The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme, organised by Nuffic Neso, gives excellent students coming from India, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam, the opportunity to study at Radboud University. Radboud University has a maximum of 21 scholarships available for the academic year 2022/2023.

The scholarship consists of a reduction of the institutional tuition fee for non-EEA students (to €2,209,- in 2022/2023). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance for your stay in the Netherlands (Aon Student Insurance) are covered. The Orange Tulip Scholarship is not a full scholarship and does not include living costs. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

-Are admitted to an English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University, starting 1 September 2022
-Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
-Must be a citizen of one of the Neso countries (India, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Vietnam) and should not currently be studying or working in the Netherlands

Application Procedure

The application deadline to apply for all Orange Tulip Scholarship Programmes through your Nuffic NESO office is 28 February 2022, 23:59 CEST. You must also have completed your application for the Master's programme at Radboud University via the online OSIRIS Application system before 28 February 2022, 23:59 CEST.


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The Holland Scholarship is co-financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Ares (EEA) who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Holland.

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University and is open to students with the following nationalities: Albanian, American (USA only), Brazilian, Canadian, Chinese, Colombian, Iranian, Mexican, Taiwanese, Turkish, and Ukrainian. All Radboud University’s English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the Holland Scholarship (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies and it will be granted once only, even if you are enrolled in a two year programme.

The Holland Scholarship is not a full scholarship. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000 euros

Eligibility

-Are holder of a non-EU/EEA passport and have one of the eligible nationalities
-Are due to pay the tuition fee for non-EEA students and are not eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
-Don’t have a degree from a Dutch education institution nor study in the -Netherlands already, except for current students (2020-2021) in a Pre-Master's programme at Radboud University, and except for exchange programmes, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands
-Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Holland Scholarship. The selection for the scholarship and admission to the Master's degree programme are two separate processes: admission to the programme does not imply selection for the Holland Scholarship.

Deadline
You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 31 January 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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A Joint Scholarship Program for Indonesian citizens wishing to do a master programme that can be linked to the following themes:

Water Management and Technology;
Entrepreneurship, Sustainable and Circular Economy focused on Fisheries and Marine.
Fisheries and Marine Sciences and Technology
Students wishing to undertake a Master's programme in the Netherlands related to one of these priority areas can apply for the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

maximum EUR 20,000

Eligibility

Eligible Master's programmes and specialisations at Radboud University include:

Adaptive Organisms
Water & Environment
Science, Management & Innovation
Spatial Planning- Cities, Water and Climate Change

Application Procedure

For more information on the StuNed Programme and how to apply, please visit the Nuffic Neso Indonesia StuNed website.

The deadline for application is 25 May 2021.


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Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal opportunities for all. We find it important to realise a diverse and inclusive campus for all our students and staff. In order to give all talented students the opportunity to become part of our academic community, including students from non-EU/EEA countries who might be financially struggling to pay the institutional Radboud University tuition fee, we offer a number of full scholarships.

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship is available for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for one of our English-taught Master’s degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes). The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and living costs of €11,100 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2021-2022) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€11,100 per year.

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Do not have sufficient funds or access to grants or loans to finance your studies at Radboud University
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload two reference letters and a curriculum vitae (you may upload the same reference letters and CV if you have already uploaded those for your Master’s programme application) and the scholarship motivation letter.

Deadline
You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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