Wageningen University and Research

Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English
Do you want to learn about the complexity of biological systems ranging from single molecules to whole ecosystems? Or about subjects such as evolution, ecology, molecular evolution and biodiversity? The two-year Master of Science Biology programme at Wageningen University and Research offers you tailor-made programmes fitting your personal interests.


Biology is a very broad field and biologists are therefore suited for jobs at different areas. That can be in the direction of your own unique specialisation, but perhaps also in another biological or non-biological function.

The M.Sc. in Biology at Wageningen University and Research offers you the knowledge and quality of 27 Biology Chair Groups so you can conduct both fundamental and applied research. For instance, you could study plants, animals and their natural enemies, the genetics and development-biology of plants, the adaptation capabilities of animals, the ecology of natural and agrarian ecosystems or microbic interactions and biological transformations. 

A choice out of nine specialisations will chart the course of your biology studies here. Biological issues are at the forefront of the technological advance of modern society and play a central role in global concerns about how people and the environment influence each other. 

Future career

Biology is a very broad field and biologists are therefore suited for jobs at different areas. That can be in the direction of your own unique specialisation, but perhaps also in another biological or non-biological function.

Programme Structure


  • Animal Adaptation and Behavioural Biology
  • Bio-interactions
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Conservation and Systems Ecology
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Health and Disease
  • Marine Biology
  • Molecular Development and Gene Regulation
  • Plant Adaptation

Compulsory courses

  • Frontiers in Biology
  • Master biology thesis proposal
  • Academic consultancy training
  • Modular skills training
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: International deadline (for applicants who wish to qualify for NFP) (September enrolment) - January 15
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Specific requirements for a MSc in Biology

You have obtained a BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the MSc Biology programme:

  • Unconditional admission with regard to content: With a BSc Biology degree from a Dutch University (the general requirements of Wageningen University should still be met).
  • Possible admission: With a BSc from Wageningen University or a bachelor from a Dutch HBO.
  • International students admission: depends on the previous education.

StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 17600 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.