M.Sc. Biology

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

The MSc Biology allows students to get a broad overview of the latest developments in biology, ranging 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 or go on to become PhD students. Some find a position as communication officer, manager or policymaker. Compared to other Dutch universities, many biology graduates from Wageningen University find a position abroad.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Dutch nationalities: January 1 (Feb), July 15 (Sep); EU/EEA: December 1 (Feb), July 15 (Sep); Non EU/EEA: October (Feb), May 1 (Sep)
Tuition fee
  • EUR 16000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2000 Year (EEA)
Start date , January 2017
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Specialisations

Animal Adaptation and Behavioural Biology

This specialisation focuses mainly on subjects as adaptation, mechanisms involved in these adaptations and behaviour of animals.

Bio-interactions

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.

Molecular Ecology

In this specialisation, you learn to use molecular techniques to solve ecological questions. You will use, for example, molecular techniques to study the interaction between a virus and a plant.

Conservation and Systems Ecology

This specialisation focuses initially on fundamental processes that play a key role in ecology. You learn to interpret different relations, for example, the relation between chemical (or physical processes) and bioprocesses. Furthermore, you learn to analyse different ecosystems. You can use this knowledge to manage and conserve these ecological systems.

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

This specialisation focuses on regulatory mechanisms that have a central role in human and animal health.

Marine Biology

Choosing this specialisation means studying the complexity of the marine ecosystem. Moreover, you learn about the impacts of, for instance, fishery and recreation on this ecosystem or the interaction between different species in this system.

Molecular Development and Gene Regulation

This specialisation focuses on gene regulations and the different developmental mechanisms of organisms.

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.

English Language Requirements

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.wageningenuniversity.eu/ admission for specific requirements)

> Good working knowledge of mathematics and/or statistics;> Fluency in English, both written and spoken

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

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