University of Groningen

Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13900
    Tuition (Year)
    1984
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
Students with a broad interest in biology are able to design a tailor-made programme under the supervision of a staff member who will coach the student during the two years. Because many exciting discoveries have been made using the multidisciplinary approach, students are encouraged to combine insights and techniques from different domains within the biological sciences. The Biology programme is offered by the University of Groningen.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

As a student of this Biology programme at the University of Groningen you will be closely involved with our research, which is organised within the internationally recognized Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES). We offer research in a unique diversity of Biological areas. As a student you are offered the opportunity to combine different areas of biology - such as Ecology and Evolution, Marine Biology, Neurosciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular Biology - in their Master's degree programme.

Why Groningen?
  • Unique opportunity for tailor-made programme
  • Choice between two tracks: Research or Science, Business and Policy
  • Specialisation: Behaviour and Neurosciences
  • Througout the year opportunities to start your individual programme
Specialisation Behaviour and Neurosciences
In addition, the degree programme also offers you the possibility to specialise in a combination of two specific terrains of expertise in biology: Behaviour and Neurosciences. This specialisation focuses on the factors that affect behaviour in humans and animals. We offer unique facilities to study a wide array of animal models, including insects, fish, rodents, birds, and humans.
Science, Business & Policy (track)
Interested in the policy or business side of science? We offer a Science, Business & Policy profile. This profile combines a six-month research training with a six-month internship related to the application of scientific insights in business, policy or administration.
Job prospects

Graduates of the Master's degree programme in Biology who have chosen the Research track often enter a PhD programme or join a research and development team in a company or research institute. Students who have chosen the Science, Business & Policy track find jobs (e.g. as science advisor) in a variety of fields, e.g. in governmental organizations, research institutions, museums, publishers or companies.

Job examples
  • PhD research position
  • R&D in a company or research institute
  • Science advisor

Programme Structure

Programme options
  • Behaviour and Neurosciences (specialization)

    The Behaviour and Neurosciences specialisation focuses on the functioning and evolution of the brain and of behaviour.

    You will learn more about their relation to a wide array of internal and external factors, including social interactions, hormones and neurotransmitters. We also offer research in brain diseases, neurodegeneration, sleep, rhythms and abberant social behaviours.

  • Research profile (profile)
  • Science, Business & Policy (profile)

    Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad
  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    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: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    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

Dutch students

previous education

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field.For the specialization Behaviour and Neurosciences you will need a degree which contains enough courses relevant to this field.

other admission requirements

  • Continuous registration for Dutch students is possible.

    For the specialisation Behavioural & Neurosciences students have to show that their Bachelor's degree contains enough courses relevant to this field. The Admissions Board will decide whether a student can be admitted to the Master's programme.

International students

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field.For the specialization Behaviour and Neurosciences you will need a degree which contains enough courses relevant to this field.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

other admission requirements

  • For the specialization Behavioural & Neurosciences students have to show that their Bachelor's degree contains enough courses relevant to this field. The Admissions Board will decide whether a student can be admitted to the Master's programme.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13900 International
  • EUR 1984 EU/EEA

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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