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Study programme

How do plants adapt in areas with regular flooding or drought? And what are the consequences of an increase of water acidity for a fish or a microorganism? In the Adaptive Organisms specialisation, you will become an expert in stress adaptation of individual organisms. Next to in-depth courses about molecular physiology, ecophysiology and symbiosis, you will spend at least a whole year performing your own experiments. In this way, you will learn hands-on to work with advanced equipment including electron microscopes and mass spectrometers, and you will develop a critical research mentality.


  • Curriculum of Adaptive Organisms

    In the first year of the specialisation you will follow five compulsory courses in the first period. You can compose the rest of the programme with specialisation and free electives, two internships, review article, research proposal and optionally a field course.

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Study abroad

During your Master's programme, you will have the opportunity to go abroad for your studies, internship and/or thesis. You will learn to look at things from the perspective of a different culture and you will meet new people; it is an experience that will enrich your life. What’s more, it will look great on your CV. Please see the Radboud International web page for information about meetings, scholarships, internships and other practical information.

Additional challenge

Do you want an extra challenge during your studies? Do you find it interesting to think about current, social themes from different academic perspectives? Discover what the Radboud Honours Academy has to offer to achieve your maximum potential during your time as a student.