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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) .

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

3 graduation options, 3 ways to start your scientific career

  • Ecology & Biodiversity 
  • Molecular & Cellular Life Sciences
  • 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, evolution and conservation of organisms found in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

There are 3 possible tracks within this graduation option with different sets of recommended elective courses. 

  • Track: Ecology and Evolution
  • Track: Global Change
  • Track: Herpetology 

Students are free to diverge from these tracks. Youcan mix and match courses from the different tracks, to assemble your own programme! 

Graduation option 2: Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences

This option 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: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree 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 (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


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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  • International

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 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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