Wageningen University and Research

Biology, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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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.
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  • Programme outline
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Biological issues are at the forefront of the technological progress of modern society.They are central to global concerns about how we affect the environment and are affected by it. Understanding the complexity of biological systems, at scales ranging from single molecules to whole ecosystems, provides a unique intellectual challenge.

The MSc Biology at Wageningen University and Research allows students to get a broad overview of the latest developments in biology, from genes to ecosystems. They learn to critically discuss the newest scientific developments in the biological sciences. Within their area of specialisation,students deepen their knowledge and skills in a certain subject. To prepare for a successful international career, we strongly encourage our students to complete part of their programme requirements abroad.

Your future career

Many graduates from the MSc Biology study programme enter careers in fundamental and applied research by for example becoming a communication officer. Compared to other Dutch universities, many biology graduates from Wageningen University & Research find a position abroad. See our career booklet online for current jobs of our alumni.

Programme Structure

Animal Adaptation and Behavioural Biology
This specialisation focuses mainly on adaptation of animals that have occurred in the course of time, mechanisms involved in these adaptations and behaviour of animals.
In this specialisation, you obtain knowledge about interactions between organisms.You learn to understand and interpret interactions on different levels, from molecular to ecosystem level, and apply this knowledge on for example natural pest control.
Molecular Ecology
In this specialisation, you learn to use molecular techniques to solve ecological questions. Think of interactions between plants and viruses, microbial diversity in an ecosystem or the influence of the environmental factors on a population.
Conservation and Systems Ecology
This specialisation focuses on fundamental ecological processes. You learn to analyse ecosystems and interpret relations between chemical/physical processes and bioprocesses. You can use this knowledge to manage and conserve ecosystems.
Evolution and Biodiversity
The systematics of biodiversity in an evolutionary perspective is the central focus of this specialisation. Subjects that will be addressed in this specialisation are: evolution, genetics, biosystematic research and taxonomic analysis.
Health and Disease
You focus on the mechanisms that play a role in maintaining the health of humans,animals and other organisms. You learn to look at the regulation of the immune system at the molecular and cellular level. You also observe the role of organs in immune responses against pathogens.
Marine Biology
Choosing this specialisation means studying the complexity of the marine ecosystem. You learn about the impacts of, for instance, fishery and recreation on this ecosystem or the interaction between different species.
Molecular Development and Gene Regulation
This specialisation focuses on gene regulations and developmental mechanisms of organisms. You gain knowledge on microscopic and molecular techniques and use this to explore for example enzymatic regulation or embryonic development.
Plant Adaptation
This specialisation focuses on the adaptations that different plants gained in order to adjust to various conditions. You learn to understand the regulation processes in plants that underlie these adaptations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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All MSc study programmes at Wageningen University & Research have the following general admission requirements:

  • A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the selected programme;
  • Sufficient quality of the BSc degree as shown by an average mark of at least 7 (Dutch system), a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least B/B+ (US system) or a classification as 2nd upper (UK system); (visit www.wur.eu/admission for specific requirements)
  • Good working knowledge of mathematics and/or statistics;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken (see schedule).

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 2100 EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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