M.Sc. Biology

University of Groningen

Application deadline: May 01, 2014, November 01, 2014;
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,400 / 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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Would you like a tailor-made programme in Biology? Or do you like to design your programme at the interface of different Biology domains? Then Biology in Groningen is the Master's programme for you.

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. Students are therefore offered the unique opportunity to combine different area of biology - such as as Ecology, Marine Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Biology - in their master's programme.

Specialization Behavioural and Neurosciences

In addition, the programme also offers you the possibility to specialize in a combination of two specific terrains of expertise in biology: Behavioural and Neurosciences. This specialization focuses on the factors that affect behaviour in humans and animals. Both internal factors, such as the functioning of the brain and the excretion of hormones in the blood, as well as external factors,like growth conditions, are closely studied.

Job perspectives
Graduates of the Master's degree programme in Biology who have chosen a scientific career often start with a PhD or join a research and development team in a company or research institute. Students who have done a society-oriented project find jobs as Science Advisors at governmental organizations, research institutions or companies.

Job examples

* PhD research position
* R&D in a company or research institute
* Science advisor


Specialisations / Tracks
* Behavioural and Neurosciences (specialization)
* Research Variant (track)
* Policy and Management Variant (track)

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


Language test

* 237 computer based
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - CAE (Certificate of Advanced English)
* English language test ± University of Groningen Language Center ± section scores C2 or C1 and one section score B2.
* With the exception of students whose native language is English.

It could be that you are admitted to the master programme you applied for, even though the English language test score you submitted with your application is insufficient. One of the conditions for final admission will then be that you improve your English language proficiency and take a new test.

You may apply without having taken an English language test. If this is the case, we would appreciate it if you could inform us of the date on which you are planning to take such a test.
Matching procedure The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Masters degree programme. The Board may decide that you have to take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programme before being admitted.
Previous education Bachelor's degree in Biology or relevant field. If you prefer the specialization Behavioural and Neurosciences you need to show your degree contains enough courses relevant to this field.
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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92



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