MSc in Conservation and Restoration Ecology

Radboud University Science

Full time September MSc Full-time: 2 year

About the course

Master's specialisation in Conservation and Restoration Ecology

Conservation and Restoration Ecology deals with the ecology of units of interacting individuals, in populations, communities and ecosystems. The biodiversity is analysed and functionally related to the hydrology, nutritional status and landscape configuration of the ecosystem. Ecogenomics tools are applied to obtain information on unknown components such as microbial composition or evolutionary history of populations. This information together gives insight in how different communities (plants, animals, micro-organisms) within an ecosystem are interrelated and interdependent, and how they determine the resilience of the community to environmental stress. This fundamental knowledge is applied in proven applications in nature

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Entry Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences or a related field of science.
2. A proficiency in English:
a. A TOEFL score of >575 (paper based) or >90 (internet based)
b. A IELTS score of ≥6.5
c. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher


€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,500 (from non-EEA countries)

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Quinten Struik

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.


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