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If Environmental Sciences is your passion, the specialisation in Water and Environment would be a great choice. This specialisation aims at the insight needed to tackle problems such as climate change, flooding, eutrophication, chemical pollution, habitat fragmentation and bio-invasions. We provide you with the laboratory, field and assessment tools needed to protect ecosystem and human health in the context of multiple environmental pressures. After completing the Water and Environment specialisation you will have the qualifications needed for positions at research institutes, industry, consultancies, universities, governments and other scientific and management oriented organisations.
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1.A completed Bachelor's degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences or a related field of science.
2.A proficiency in English (Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following):
a.A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
b.An 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
€2,143 (from EEA countries); €12,645 (from non-EEA countries).
After obtaining my Diploma Degree in Biology from the University of Athens, I decided to pursue a master programme in a foreign University to broaden my knowledge and gain more experience in research. Following closely the evolution of the biological field for the last couple of years led me to the conclusion that Dutch universities are among the best foundations worldwide, offering their students a high level of studies, embedded in a fascinating environment of research and life as a whole.
This specific programme fitted best my requirements due to its research character together with the freedom offered to select my own fields of interest. Moreover, Nijmegen is a small and friendly city, very suitable for someone who wants to stay focused on his/her studies and run an easy lifestyle. Needless to say, the difficulties I faced when I first arrived here were a lot. Although it is a European country, the Netherlands follow a quite different way of life which I had to adapt to. However, the very interesting and fascinating master programme partly compensated for this.
The main advantage of the Master Biology is that it includes two 6-month-duration internships which can also be prolonged. The obligatory courses I have to attend are just a few and this combination ends up to a long experience in the laboratory, which I am really keen on. Furthermore, Radboud University offers students the opportunity to go abroad, either to attend a course in a foreign University or carry out part or the whole of their internship there.
Since the middle of November, I am part of the Microbiology Group of Radboud University Nijmegen and I am working on my first project which deals with a very interesting and relatively new kind of microorganisms. The high-throughput equipment, the availability of all different materials and methods and the international and friendly atmosphere in the lab make this experience even more interesting than I thought.
I am not yet sure about my future plans, but I am convinced that this master programme will be a very helpful qualification either deciding to continue my studies pursuing a PhD or searching for a working position in the research field. An advice for everyone who is interested in studying here is to get prepared for the very demanding educational level and, of course, for the rainy and really cold weather.
“I first came to Radboud University as a Bachelor’s Erasmus student. I liked that there was more work in the labs than back home. Studying in English wasn’t as difficult as I thought and I really wanted to do an entire Master’s here. The level of education is high because you don’t just memorise the theory but have to understand how to apply it to real cases. I like the emphasis on practical work. This programme also has two internships of six months. When doing experiments you can’t simply follow a manual. You’re expected to be creative and adjust it according to your needs and the situation. That way I learn so much more.
I love the room given to bike paths, on campus and in the city. Studying here has changed the way I look at biking. Back home I won’t use the car as often.”
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