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Natural Sciences

Environmental Sciences

BSc Molecular Ecosystem Sciences

3 years

€0* pa

Programme profile

Ecology is a fascinating science. The complex nature of ecosystems is a main challenge for researchers worldwide, promoting thinking in broad contexts, research networks and interdisciplinary subject areas. On the other hand, a better understanding of ecosystems is urgently needed to cope with human induced global change. If we want to understand what ecosystems are and how they operate, we have to dig deep, and if we dig very deep, we will find molecules with particular functions. These molecules interact with each other, and they are eventually responsible for the reactions of a cell, a tissue, an organism or even an ecosystem ultimately leading to environmental change. A functional understanding of ecosystem processes requires a detailed view of their molecular basis.

Students of molecular ecosystem sciences will gain diverse and advanced knowledge in natural sciences and related disciplines, and a new generation of graduates will find innovative solutions to cope with global change The goals of the programme are ambitious: you will learn the latest methods, both in ecology and in molecular (bio-)sciences. You will be exposed to the most recent developments in both fields in a very early phase of their studies, and you will become involved in research activities of leading research teams in their respective fields.

Programme content

This programme comprises 18 technical modules. Most modules explain the use of molecular tools to address ecological issues in different disciplines. Some are clearly focused on molecular biosciences whereas others mainly focus on ecosystem research and its applications.

The technical modules are complemented by a key competence module on cross-cutting issues in each semester. A full semester is reserved for elective modules and students are encouraged to spend this semester at partner universities abroad to further strengthen their international profile.

The programme ends with a Bachelor project and the B.Sc. thesis


The university offers a related Masters programme, taught through English, in the following area:

Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

Entry Requirements

3 A-levels (grades between A and E) + 3 GCSE (grades between A and C), including Maths

Selection on basis of scores of two from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths

Six subjects at Leaving Certificate including at least two 2 at HC3. Subjects to include Maths

Selection on basis of scores of two from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths




Note, there are no tuition fees but there is a semester fee of about EUR250, to cover admin expenses

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15 July