M.Sc. On Campus


Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

24 months
939 EUR/year
962 EUR/year
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Specialise in one of our graduation options:  Ecology & Biodiversity, Molecular & Cellular Life Sciences, Herpetology, Human Ecology, Tropical Biodiversity & Ecosystems. Learn beyond the classroom on our annual field course. And experience a fascinating international environment where you can exchange ideas that will contribute to your personal growth. 


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 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: 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. 

This graduation option will not be organised in 2021 - 2022.

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.

  • The scholarship call for applicants intending to start in September 2021 is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next scholarship call or applicants intending to start in academic year 2022-2023 is expected to open in October.2021.
  • The second call for for all TROPIMUNDO applicants intending to start their studies in academic year 2021-2022 is postponed until further notice .


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

Courses Included:

  • Analysis of Biological Data
  • Project Writing
  • Bioethics
  • Master Thesis Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • River & Lake Ecology
  • Social-Ecological Systems
  • Biogeography
  • Fieldtrip Ecology

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

The Master of Science in Biology is open to holders of a Flemish Bachelor degree in Biology. For other academic bachelors in science, applied science and life sciences, equivalency will be evaluated based on scientific competences and skills of the students by the Master of Biology Steering Committee.

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT with minimum level: 79;
  • IELTS with minimum level: academic module 6.5;
  • ITACE with minimum level: B2;
  • Cambridge English Qualification Scale with the following minimal level: 170

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    939 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 939 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    962 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 962 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.


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