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This MSc major provides students with the tools they need to explore molecular evolutionary dynamics in development and speciation, as well as bioinformatics tools to probe the history of life, from modern populations to life’s beginnings 4 billion years ago. 

Dobzhansky’s insight that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution is as true today as ever. With the help of genetics and genomes, biologists can study and follow the heritable changes that lead to morphological or behavioral change. Students can learn how novel groups arise at higher taxonomic levels and how symbiotic associations give rise to novel organelles within eukaryotic cells. The bioinformatics courses are designed to provide student with hands on skills to process and analyze gene and genome data. Completion of two courses from the list below qualify you for the major in Biodiversity & Evolution, those taught in English are flagged.

In order to choose the Evolution & Biodiversity, specialization, at least 98 CP must come from this specialization. As a rule, this is achieved through two M modules from the specialization plus the project work (30 CP) plus the pilot project (10 CP) and the Master's thesis (30 CP). The third Master's module can, but does not have to, belong to the specialization. Most of the modules in the specialization are taught in English, meaning that the specialization can be studied in both languages. You have the greatest choice of modules if you are proficient in both languages.


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