M.Sc. Biology

Wageningen University

Application deadline: Dutch nationalities: January 1 (Feb), August 1 (Sep); EU/EEA: December 1 (Feb), July 15 (Sep); Non EU/EEA: July 1 (Feb), May 1 (Sep)
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,975 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2015, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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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 offers you tailor-made programmes fitting your personal interests. This will allow you to become a specialist in your chosen field. 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.


The MSc Biology Programme (MBI) is a two year programme, which comprises of 120 credits (ECTS). The programme consists of various courses, an internship and a master thesis which are carried out within one of the nine specialisations.

Design your tailor made study programme

Together with your study advisor you can design a tailor made study programme. Below you see which elements are part of a MSc Biology study programme:

Compulsory courses

The following compulsory courses must be successfully completed by all students taking part in the MBI program:

  • Frontiers in Biology (6 ECTS): This course deals with the latest developments in biology and covers a wide range of themes. Highlights in modern biology will be addressed by studying recent articles and by keynote speakers who are active in various biological disciplines.
  • Master biology thesis proposal (6 ECTS): The aim of this course is to design, plan, write, and present a detailed research proposal for a major thesis subject.
  • Academic consultancy training (9 ECTS): During this course students will work in groups on an assignment for an external client.
  • Modular skills training (3 ECTS): The modular skills training teaches skills that are necessary for graduates to function in jobs at MSc level. These skills are obtained by selecting and following a couple of modules.
  • Thesis (30 ECTS): The thesis must be a minimum of 30 credits, which is carried out within one of the nine specialisations.
  • Internship (24 ECTS): The internship must be a minimum of 24 credits, which is carried out within one of the nine specialisations.
SpecialisationsThe MSc Biology offers nine specialisations:
  • 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
Specialisation coursesWithin a specialisation there are two courses that should be completed in order to obtain the level of knowledge needed to carry out a thesis or internship. Which courses are required varies among specialisation.
Optional coursesOptional courses can be selected from any relevant MSc programme offered either at Wageningen University or any other academic institution (subject to approval).
The combination of specialisation and optional courses gives students the opportunity to graduate with a profile that is tailor made to their specific interests.


Scholarships / Grants:

Neso Indonesia:
StuNed Scholarships for Master studies, short courses and customized training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years work experience in a development-related organization.
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The Erasmus programme is a component of the European programme 'LifeLong Learning' from the European Commission for mobility of higher education in Europe. An Erasmus scholarship covers a period of 3-12 months. Only students or graduates from educational institutions can take part in the programme.
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The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (Ford-IFP) provides opportunities to exceptional individuals for advanced study. If you are a resident of an eligible IFP country and would like to study in Europe, Nuffic can act as a placement partner for you.
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World Bank:
Successful applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program will be awarded funding covering all tuition and admission fees, as well as housing and subsistence allowance. Travel expenses between the awardees' home countries and Tokyo will also be provided.
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Wagening Univerisity:
The Wageningen University Fund aims to maintain and strengthen the unique character of Wageningen University. Since 1951, the Fund has been organising and financing activities that support excellent research and education and stimulate the academic development of students.
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This fund exists to enable promising students from developing countries to study at Wageningen University. The long term goal is the training of talented experts who will go on to play leading roles in improving the agricultural production, rural development and environment in their own countries.
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United Nations:
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