Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
Would you like a tailor-made programme in Biology? Or do you like to design your programme at the crossroad of different Biology domains? If so, Biology from University of Groningen is your Master's programme. The programme is taught at University of Groningen.


The Biology programme is offered by University of Groningen.

Students with a broad interest in biology are able to design a tailor-made programme under the guidance of a staff member who will coach the student throughout their master's programme. Nowadays the most exciting discoveries are often made using a multidisciplinary approach. As a student 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.

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 from University of Groningen 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.

For more information, please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

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.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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