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Biology - Global Change Biology

24 months
5800 EUR/year
962 EUR/year
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The Master's programme Biology - Global Change Biology of the University of Antwerp focuses on the complex causes and far-reaching consequences of global change. You will learn about the multifaceted nature of global change, encompassing changes in climate, land use, water and biogeochemical cycles, as well as environmental pollution and the loss of biodiversity.


Specific attention within the Master's programme is given to the development of nature-based solutions, where fundamental knowledge on ecosystems is translated into applied ecosystem management, that addresses the negative impacts of global change. For example, you can perform Master's thesis research on:

  • negative CO2-emission technologies
  • novel techniques for wetland restoration
  • management of invasive species
  • management of vector-based diseases

You can thus participate in state-of-the-art research performed at the internationally renowned Department of Biology of the University of Antwerp. The department houses some of the most highly-cited researchers in Ecology at international level, and explores novel research horizons including e.g. the use of advanced data analysis techniques in ecology (such as machine learning) and vector-based disease management from a one-health perspective. The department also is a leading partner in multiple large-scale research infrastructures, e.g. the Mesodrome and ICOS. Fundamental biological knowledge is directly coupled to technological innovation, economical implementation and societal valorisation.

Your future

The increasing recognition that global change poses a clear challenge to society makes expertise on the subject a widely sought asset for any future professional career. As a specialist in global change biology, you will develop the skills to analyse policy, influence decision-making and implement novel solutions for a sustainable economy.

The city of Antwerp is situated in the heart of Europe, and houses one of the largest port areas in the world, while the city of Brussels, the centre of European decision making, is only 40 km away. This way, the Master's programme in Biology - Global Change Biology provides ample possibilities to achieve a career in industry or policy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biostatistics
  • Ecology of populations and communities
  • Environmental biophysics
  • Freshwater ecosystem functioning
  • Terrestrial ecosystem functioning
  • Drivers of global change
  • Environmental stress and ecotoxicology
  • Global change physiology
  • Laboratory skills

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

  • To be eligible for the Master programme in Biology, specialisation 'Global Change Biology', a student should have a strong scientific background including basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, and inorganic and organic chemistry. Knowledge of the basic principles of statistics is crucial.
  • All bachelor degrees in the field of Science, Applied Sciences or Life Sciences that have a strong focus on biology will be considered by a board of admission of the specific programme (e.g. Biology, Bio-engineering, Environmental science, ...).
  • The programme is taught in English and candidates must be proficient in this language.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5800 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 Antwerpen

787 - 1230 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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