The Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME) is a two-year research-oriented master course for talented and motivated students who are interested in understanding all facets of evolution. MEME has been designed to provide students with an optimal training for an international career in evolution, with special focus on a career in academic research.
MEME offers students the opportunity to compose an individual study programme in evolutionary biology by combining elements from complementary MSc courses and research opportunities at four European universities (University of Groningen, The Netherlands; Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany; Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Montpellier, France) and associated partners Harvard University (USA) and University of Lausanne (Switzerland).
MEME students start their study by attending the annual MEME summer school. During the first year, students follow a set of multidisciplinary courses that are developed to provide an overview of the fundamental principles underlying modern evolutionary biology and related fields such as ecology, animal behavior, modelling and statistics. Much emphasis will be given to developing the scientific, methodological and academic skills required for conducting research. The second year mainly consists of individually supervised research training where students work on their own research questions in two major research projects. During these projects, students are fully embedded in leading research groups where they and can make use of state-of-the art research methods and facilities. The MEME programme also provides students an opportunity to develop interpersonal skills such as networking, problem-solving, and self-organization as they navigate their individual study programme.