M.Sc. On Campus

Biology and Education

Leiden University

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Biology and Education MSc programme at Leiden University prepares you for a career as a teacher in secondary schools. After completion you obtained the qualifications to be a Biology teacher. 


The Biology and Education MSc programme at Leiden University optimally prepares you to teach the subject of biology to secondary school students, based on a solid background of high quality research in biology. The programme comprises a one-year Biology component, followed by an education component in the second year. This master’s specialisation uniquely enables you to make a relevant impact on society by educating today’s secondary school pupils for tomorrow’s challenges in the field of biology.

Do you want to fascinate our younger generations for the field of biology? Are you aiming for a career as a modern and flexible teacher? Then, the Biology and Education master’s specialisation is the right choice for you. 

You can participate in the World Teachers Programme for international teaching. As the main education component is taught in Dutch, all applicants must provide proof of proficiency in Dutch language.

Career Opportunities

  • Approximately half of our graduates choose a career in scientific research, many as a PhD student. Universities, research institutes, and medical centres are the major employers. 
  • Other alumni work at consultancy agencies or in the public domain as policy-makers, science communicators or teachers. 
  • Graduates also occupy management positions or have project responsibilities in a wide variety of commercial and non-commercial sectors, from bioscience-based companies to environmental management agencies. Some students even start their own company.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Biology research project 
  • Advanced theory - courses and lectures 
  • Education component 
  • Education Courses 
  • Teaching and Practice 
  • World Teaching Programme 
  • Education Courses 
  • International Teaching and Practice 

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

  • If you have a bachelor’s degree in Biology or in a Biology-related programme from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply.
  • Biology-related programmes include e.g. natural sciences, life science, biomedical sciences, bio-pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, etc.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 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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