24 months
3620 EUR/year
1092 EUR/year
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The Biology course at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) includes three 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) .

3 graduation options, and 3 ways to launch your scientific career: 

  • Ecology & Biodiversity: expert staff teach up-to-date knowledge on individual organisms, populations, species, communities and ecosystems, backed up by their active research experience in biodiversity, vertebrate and invertebrate ecology, evolutionary ecology, biogeography, plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, conservation genetics of populations, and nature management. 
  • Molecular & Cellular Life Sciences: the study of animal and plant development, microbiology, cell signalling pathways, cancer biology, stem cell biology, human biology, virology, and immunology.  
  • Erasmus Mundus Master's Course in Tropical Biodiversity & Ecosystems (TROPIMUNDO): we bring together top institutes and universities with long-standing worldwide expertise in tropical rainforests and woodlands and in tropical coastal ecosystems.   

Regardless of your chosen graduation option, we are keen to properly prepare you for your scientific career. Therefore, our graduation options share a number of course units to develop your skills in indispensable aspects of scientific research: 

  • Master’s Thesis in Biology 
  • Project Writing 
  • Professional Internship 
  • Integrated Practicals and/or Field Excursions. 


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 (incl. tracks in Ecology & Evolution, Global Change or Herpetology)
  • Biology: Molecular and Cellular Life sciences
  • Biology: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Tropimundo, start at Brussels

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

If you don't have a Flemish degree, you will need to submit an online application for permission to study. 

For all graduation options except EMMC TROPIMUNDO: 
  • If you have a Flemish bachelor's degree in biology, you can enrol directly in the Master in Biology. 
  • If you have a different Flemish academic bachelor in science, applied science or life sciences, you will need to contact the Learning Path Counsellor. 
  • If you have a non-Flemish academic bachelor in science, applied science or life sciences, you will need to submit an online application. 

For the EMMC TROPIMUNDO, only candidates who have applied to and have been accepted by the TROPIMUNDO consortium in accordance with its specific students' application and selection criteria are eligible. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3620 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3620 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1092 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1092 EUR per year during 24 months.

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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