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Biological Sciences: track Limnology and Oceanography (MSc)

Course Description

A challenging programme in the aquatic sciences

Water covers 70% of the Earth's surface and sets our planet apart from every other planet we know. Water plays an important role in the global climate and is a source of food, minerals, energy and recreation. Aquatic ecosystems teem with organisms, ranging from tiny phytoplankton and zooplankton to coral, fish, and whales. Unfortunately, aquatic ecosystems are also used as ‘dumping grounds' for much of society's waste and are profoundly affected by global change.

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) multidisciplinary Master's track in Limnology and Oceanography is devoted to the study of the biology, chemistry and physics of aquatic ecosystems. It is geared towards gaining a better understanding of the world's aquatic resources and working toward their protection. This programme offers an advanced curriculum, with a dual focus on freshwater ecosystems (limnology) and marine ecosystems (oceanography). The Limnology and Oceanography programme provides a challenging educational programme for students interested in the aquatic sciences, and offers career prospects in the scientific arena and social others.
Studying Limnology and Oceanography at the University of Amsterdam

The Netherlands is a world leader in water management and aquatic research. This Master's programme applies this expertise to its investigation of lake, river, sea and ocean ecosystems. This programme is unique in the Netherlands in that it devotes attention to both freshwater and marine ecosystems and integrates the scientific disciplines relevant to aquatic ecosystems.
Accreditation and degree

Limnology and Oceanography is a track of the Master's programme in Biological Sciences. The Master's programme in Biological Sciences has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a Master's degree in Biological Sciences and the title of Master of Science (MSc).

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a Dutch Bachelor of Science degree or its equivalent in Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography or Earth Sciences. Applicants with a Physics or Mathematics degree may also qualify

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