The Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES) is involved in the biology education at the Faculty of Science of Radboud University. All staff scientists of RIBES have a dual task: besides their research, they have a role as teachers.

Laboratory Biology


The main research subjects are present in the whole curriculum of the Bachelor's Biology. This way, students can experience and learn about all current research projects that take place at the institute. Over the three years of the Bachelor's programme, students can gradually specialise into one of the RIBES research topics.


Do you want to know how climate change affects biodiversity? Or how to improve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases? Are you fascinated by evolution, the human brain, genetics, and ecology? Then Biology is what you are looking for.

Application deadline: 15 January.


The Master's specialisations in Biology cover all research topics of RIBES. The specialisations are Adaptive OrganismsConservation and Restoration EcologyMicrobiology, and Water and Environment. There is also a double degree programme in Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management in collaboration with the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany.

Adaptive 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.

Conservation and Restoration Ecology

Focus on the relationships between different communities within an ecosystem. Find out how they respond to environmental stress and unravel ecosystem dynamics. Use these insights to contribute to nature conservation and restoration.


Focus on the functioning of microorganisms and their potential to improve our health and the environment. This includes applications such as energy-efficient waste management or new vaccines. You will gain extensive experience in microbial research.

Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management

The double degree specialisation TWM is an international programme for future water managers, combining ecology, hydrology, and socio-economics. The focus is on ecological solutions, which are often more effective than technical adjustments.

Water and Environment

Become an environmental expert and analyse the human impact on nature. You will learn to unravel the effects of stressors - like carbon dioxide emission or toxic pesticides - and connect scientific findings to societal implications or policies.


RIBES employs more than 60 PhD candidates. It is important that each PhD candidate receives ample training, not only in research-specific skills, but also in transitional skills. It is our ambition that each PhD candidate obtains their PhD within 48 months after starting their trajectory. RIBES is committed to provide excellent supervision and support to each candidate from the supervisors and from the RIBES Graduate School.

Graduate school

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