Master of Biology 24 months Postgraduate Program By KU Leuven |Top Universities
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Program Duration

24 monthsProgram duration

Tuitionfee

7,518 EURTuition Fee/year

Scholarship

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Program overview

Main Subject

Biological Sciences

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Biology

The Master of Science in Biology is a specialised yet flexible programme that covers aspects of molecular and cellular biology, functional and evolutionary biology, and ecology. It emphasises problem-solving, independent thinking, and communication. 

About the programme

The living world is our most challenging and captivating teacher. The Master of Science in Biology programme is geared towards preparing the student for the challenges and opportunities awaiting in the broad field of biology. Our primary goal is to obtain insight and to understand the basis and evolution of organisms that adapt to their environment. This knowledge leads to applications with important economic and societal benefits, employment opportunities. 

The Department of Biology is committed to excel in teaching and research and comprises of three divisions with diverse activities ranging from molecular and physiological to ecological research on populations, communities, and ecosystems. The Master of Biology programme includes four modules:

  • Common Core (18 ECTS): You will obtain the necessary training in analysing and processing complex biological data, in basic programming, and in discussing biological topics in a societal context.
  • Advanced Biology (54 ECTS): You will be trained in the theory and techniques of fundamental and applied research in one of two areas of specialisation: ‘Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology’ or ‘Molecular Biology and Physiology’. Throughout advanced and specialised courses, you will obtain the necessary knowledge and insights in your specific area of Biology. You can specialise in one track or combine courses from both tracks to design a programme that fits your needs and interests.
  • Elective courses (18 ECTS): You can select additional courses in Advanced Biology, courses on Entrepreneurship, take remedial courses to fill in knowledge gaps and/or follow courses from other master’s programmes.
  • Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS): You will conduct your own original scientific research in the field of biology in an academic setting with the help of a supervisor. You will defend your master’s thesis publicly.
Career perspectives

As a graduate of the programme, you will be in a position to pursue a career as a scientific researcher at universities, agro-industries, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, environmental conservation organisations, and NGOs. You will also be an excellent candidate for employment as a scientific advisor in banks and private invest ment foundations, a policy officer in governmental and public administration, a scientific communications advisor, a scientific journalist, a science teacher, a data manager or a data analyst.

Program overview

Main Subject

Biological Sciences

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Biology

The Master of Science in Biology is a specialised yet flexible programme that covers aspects of molecular and cellular biology, functional and evolutionary biology, and ecology. It emphasises problem-solving, independent thinking, and communication. 

About the programme

The living world is our most challenging and captivating teacher. The Master of Science in Biology programme is geared towards preparing the student for the challenges and opportunities awaiting in the broad field of biology. Our primary goal is to obtain insight and to understand the basis and evolution of organisms that adapt to their environment. This knowledge leads to applications with important economic and societal benefits, employment opportunities. 

The Department of Biology is committed to excel in teaching and research and comprises of three divisions with diverse activities ranging from molecular and physiological to ecological research on populations, communities, and ecosystems. The Master of Biology programme includes four modules:

  • Common Core (18 ECTS): You will obtain the necessary training in analysing and processing complex biological data, in basic programming, and in discussing biological topics in a societal context.
  • Advanced Biology (54 ECTS): You will be trained in the theory and techniques of fundamental and applied research in one of two areas of specialisation: ‘Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology’ or ‘Molecular Biology and Physiology’. Throughout advanced and specialised courses, you will obtain the necessary knowledge and insights in your specific area of Biology. You can specialise in one track or combine courses from both tracks to design a programme that fits your needs and interests.
  • Elective courses (18 ECTS): You can select additional courses in Advanced Biology, courses on Entrepreneurship, take remedial courses to fill in knowledge gaps and/or follow courses from other master’s programmes.
  • Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS): You will conduct your own original scientific research in the field of biology in an academic setting with the help of a supervisor. You will defend your master’s thesis publicly.
Career perspectives

As a graduate of the programme, you will be in a position to pursue a career as a scientific researcher at universities, agro-industries, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, environmental conservation organisations, and NGOs. You will also be an excellent candidate for employment as a scientific advisor in banks and private invest ment foundations, a policy officer in governmental and public administration, a scientific communications advisor, a scientific journalist, a science teacher, a data manager or a data analyst.

Admission requirements

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Admission requirements

You must have obtained an academic bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field: Bachelor of Biology, Bachelor of Biochemistry, Bachelor degrees with minor Biology, Life sciences, or other degrees

For the most recent – and only official – information on the admission requirements, please check our webpage.

Student profile

You must hold an academic bachelor's degree and be familiar with the subjects and courses within the programme, 18 credits are allotted to filling any basic knowledge gaps. You should show expertise in oral and written English.

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Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

1,116 EUR
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International Students

7,518 EUR
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