PEN-80436 MSc Thesis Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation


Credits 36.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. J Limpens
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. D Kleijn

Language of instruction:

Dutch or English

Mandatory knowledge:

Depending on the thesis subject either PEN-30306 Plant, Vegetation & Systems ecology or PEN-30806 Restoration Ecology

Assumed knowledge on:

REG-31806 Ecological methods I or an equivalent course on applied statistics


The MSc-thesis offers the challenge to demonstrate your ability to set up and to carry out a scientific research project in a self-responsible and independent manner. 

Learning outcomes:

provide an adequate delineation and definition of your research topic;

- build a sound theoretical framework for orientation of the research;

- generate proper research questions and/or testable hypotheses;

develop methodology fit for hypothesis testing;

collect data in a systematic and verifiable manner;

analyse the data critically and correctly;

present the results in a comprehensible manner;

draw sound conclusions based on a comprehensive discussion of the results;

show the contribution of your results to the development of the research topic.


Assessment is based on the Wageningen Thesis assessment form which is accompanied by a rubric


For further details we refer to the thesis guidelines for PEN, FEM and REG, which are available through our website (see URL)

Restricted Optional for: MBIBiologyMScD: Ecology and Biodiversity1,2,3,4,5,6
MEEEarth and EnvironmentMScC: Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water1,2,3,4,5,6
MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScB: Management1,2,3,4,5,6
MFNForest and Nature ConservationMScC: Ecology1,2,3,4,5,6
MCLClimate StudiesMScC: Ecological and Agroecological Systems1,2,3,4,5,6