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Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

24 months
962 EUR/year
962 EUR/year
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The Biology course at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)  includes five graduation options. Each of these allows you to specialise in your research field of interest, while a broad range of electives provide the opportunity to maintain and develop a multidisciplinary scope.

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Biology is by nature a multifaceted science. Today’s biologists face a growing number of research challenges, such as the link between global change and the ongoing biodiversity crisis, or the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria. The Biology programme is offered by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) .

Such topics require integrative approaches, combining elements from different scientific domains. 

5 graduation options, 5 ways to start your scientific career

  • Ecology & Biodiversity
  • Molecular & Cellular Life Sciences
  • Herpetology  
  • Human Ecology
  • Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in Tropical Biodiversity & Ecosystems 

Graduation option 1: Ecology and Biodiversity

This option allows students to gain experience in the research methods used to study the ecology and evolution of organisms found in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems.

Graduation option 2: Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences

This Biology course at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) introduces students to the study of animal and plant development, microbiology, cell signaling pathways, cancer biology, stem cell biology, human biology, virology and immunology. Courses of this profile span multiple levels of biological organisation, from whole organisms down to the molecular level. 

Graduation option 3: Herpetology

Some of the world’s finest herpetologists have joined forces to organise this unique programme in Herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles. Though organised in the capital of Europe, ecological and herpetological field courses in European and tropical countries form an important part of the programme. As a student, you will be in a stimulating environment, with fellow students and visiting top scientists sharing your passion for amphibians and reptiles.

Graduation option 4: Human Ecology

This option deals with the interaction between humans and their natural environment. The increasing impact of the human population on ecosystems worldwide stresses the urgent need for researchers with a multidisciplinary background that engage in developmental plans for a durable use and management of natural resources.

Graduation option 5: Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems

TROPIMUNDO is an EC-funded and excellence-labeled Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems. We bring together top institutes and universities, with long-standing worldwide expertise in tropical rainforests and woodlands and in tropical coastal ecosystems. Students can focus on botany, zoology and integrative ecosystem approaches in institutions worldwide in two Master years, of which an entire semester is spent in the tropics.


All degree programmes offered by VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards. Alongside this official quality control system, VUB has an internal Quality Control Commission in charge of permanently monitoring the quality of education.

Programme Structure


  • Biology: Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Biology: Molecular and Cellular Life sciences
  • Biology: Herpetology
  • Biology: Human Ecology
  • Biology: Human Ecology
  • Biology: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Tropimundo, start at Brussels

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Holders of a Flemish Bachelor degree in Biology can enroll directly in the Master of Biology.
  • Holders of other Flemish academic bachelors in science, applied science and life sciences will have to contact the Learning Path Counselor.
  • Holders of non-Flemish academic bachelors in science, applied science and life sciences will have to submit an online application.

Tuition Fee

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    962 EUR/year
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    962 EUR/year
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Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 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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