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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.
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- 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
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- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , EEA/EU
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesBiology Biodiversity & Conservation Ecology View 4 other Masters in Ecology in Belgium
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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.
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International980 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA980 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Brussels
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.