Plant Systems Physiology

Master's specialisationAdaptive Organisms

In this challenging, research-oriented specialisation, you will become an expert in the fundamental processes involved in stress adaptation of individual organisms, for example plants, micro-organisms and animals.

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  • You will get an extensive background in academic research.
  • The courses may include fieldwork and visits to research institutes and biotechnological companies.
  • This specialisation is closely connected to the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES), a leading institute in stress biology research.
  • Radboud University has a novel greenhouse complex and offers students the possibility to work with advanced research equipment and techniques, like electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, and next-generation sequencing.
  • You will get the chance to do a six-month internship abroad.
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Plant Systems Physiology

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What will you learn

In the Adaptive Organisms specialisation, you’ll become an expert in stress adaptation of individual organisms. Next to in-depth courses about molecular physiology, ecophysiology and quantitative biology, you’ll spend at least a whole year performing your own experiments in two internships. In this way, you’ll learn hands-on to work with advanced equipment to quantify stress responses and you’ll develop a critical research mentality.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

Knowledge about stress adaptation is crucial for our society. Think of animal well-being, nature conservation, agriculture and biotechnology. Radboud University connects fundamental research to these real life situations, by collaborating with governmental organisations, NGOs and biotech companies. These are also the organisations where most Adaptive Organisms students end up after graduation or after obtaining their PhD, either as a researcher or in a research-related job such as policy officer or consultant.

Career prospects


The research of this specialisation takes place at the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES), a well-known institute in the field of stress adaptation in plants, micro-organisms and animals. The experiments need to be performed in extremely controlled climate conditions that are only possible in advanced laboratories and greenhouse complexes. You will have access to state-of-the-art control systems for engineered environments, which are partly dedicated to projects of Master’s students.

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.