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Biology of organisms and ecology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #970 (BCR) ,
Solving new problems in modern environmental biology, using cutting-edge techniques to aid our understanding of how living things function in their environment at different levels of integration, communicating and transmitting knowledge… these are just some of the challenges you will take up as a professional in the world of biology of organisms and ecology.


This unique Master in BOE, organised jointly by the University of Namur (UNamur) and the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), tackles modern issues in the biology of organisms and ecology, including both terrestrial and aquatic environments, subjects which have for a long time been studied separately.

Each of the different levels of biological integration (molecular, cellular, biochemical, physiological, behavioural, and population-, community- and ecosystem-based) is related to the others using state-of-the-art techniques (genomics, epigenetics, modelling, GIS, etc.).

The comparative approach can be used to investigate many diverse biological systems in the animal and plant kingdoms, as well as in micro-organisms, without focusing on just a limited number of model species.

You may choose

-› three modules from the following eight…

  • Conservation and restoration biology: Conservation of biodiversity – Biodiversity of terrestrial biomes – Ecology of restoration

  • Ecotoxicology: Applied ecotoxicology – Ecotoxicology – Ecotoxicology of populations, communities and ecosystems

  • Molecular ecology: Molecular ecology

  • Functional genomics and physiology: Proteomics and epigenetics – Evolutionary and adaptive physiology – Evolutionary genomics and transcriptomics

  • Spatial ecology: Landscape ecology – Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Ecology and the management of freshwater aquatic environments: Ecology of natural and disturbed aquatic environments – Freshwater biodiversity – Management of fishing and aquaculture resources

  • Applied ecology: Ecological applications – Phytosociology – Biological control

  • Ecology of interactions: Ecology of interactions – Behavioural ecology – Plant-environment interactions

-› …and one focus:

  • researcg: to master experimental approaches and written and oral scientific communication.

  • professional: to embark on an environment-related career.

  • teaching: to prepare to teach at upper secondary level.

Can I do a placement or my thesis abroad?   The Master in BOE offers the possibility of a placement outside of a university or research centre (for example with a company, association, NGO, etc.) in Belgium or abroad.

You may also carry out part of your thesis abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied ecotoxicology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Ecotoxicology of populations communities and ecosystems

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Conditions for admission

For details of conditions for admission, please visit (in French only) or contact the registration service (‘service des inscriptions’).

Admissions procedure

If you have a degree from an institution outside of Belgium, you will need to complete and return the admissions request form ( before 31 August (30 April for students from outside the European Union).

For admission to the teaching focus of the Master, you will also be required to pass a French language test at level C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    835 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 835 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Namur

  • 720 - 1120 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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