Application and admission - MSc Biology

On this page you will find information on admission and registration for the MSc programme of Biology at Wageningen University & Research.

Application and admission for the master’s Biology

Admission requirements

To take part in the MSc Biology programme, you must meet the general admission requirements for Wageningen University. In addition, there are specific requirements for the MSc Biology programme. You need to have enough in-depth knowledge of the entire field of biology. The Academic Committee on Admissions will assess if this is the case, based on your previous education.

Students with a WO BSc Biology degree from a Dutch University have unconditional admission.

If you want to check if you are admissible, please start the application procedure via To avoid disappointments, please start the application procedure in time.

Dutch students following a bachelor's in education Biology (HBO Lerarenopleiding Biologie) that are interested in the master's Biology are advised to already take some courses from the bachelor's Biology programme at Wageningen during their HBO bachelor’s. If you are considering this, please contact Iris Keizer via

Application procedure

You can apply via The Academic Committee on Admissions will review the application based on the applicant’s curriculum, Grade Point Average and other relevant experiences. The applicants will be informed about the Committee’s decision by letter.

Are you still in the process of obtaining your bachelor’s degree?

Students in the final year of their BSc programme can also apply for admission prior to their graduation. The Academic Committee of Admissions can tentatively admit a student based on a transcript of his/her academic record.

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact the Student Service Centre via

Pre-master programme

Please note that following a pre-master is only possible for Dutch students.

If Dutch students miss some of the required knowledge to start this master’s, they might be able to close this knowledge gap during a pre-master. A pre-master is a series of courses, adjusted to your specific knowledge gaps. A pre-master can contain up to a maximum of 30 ECTS. You have to finish the pre-master within one academic year.

Do you want to know if a pre-master might be something for you? Please apply via The admissions committee will assess your application. If a pre-master programme is necessary and possible, they will contact you about the details. If you apply early, you might be able to follow some pre-master courses as a part of your bachelor, as electives.

If you have any other questions about pre-masters, please contact Iris Keizer via

Apply for the MSc Biology