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About the master's Biology

Studying Biology is about connecting the dots; from the interaction among molecules to the concerted action of ecology and evolution. The master's Biology study programme at Wageningen University offers you the knowledge and quality of 27 Biology Chair Groups so you can conduct both fundamental and applied research. For instance, you could study plants, animals and their natural enemies, the genetics and development-biology of plants, the adaptation capabilities of animals, the ecology of natural and agrarian ecosystems or microbic interactions and biological transformations. The master's Biology offers nine specialisations:

Compare the master's Biology with similar study programmes in the Netherlands

The master's Biology (University of Amsterdam, VU University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen, Radboud University Nijmegen, Leiden University)

Each university offers their own specialisations. The master's Biology study programme at Wageningen University differentiates itself through the vast amount of free-choice courses that it offers. This allows you to follow subjects provided by related study programmes, such as Forest and Nature Conservation, Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management, Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences or Plant Biotechnology. You are also encouraged to follow a part of your study programme in a foreign country as preparation for a successful international career. Compared with other universities, many of Wageningen’s graduates find employment abroad.

Biological sciences (University of Amsterdam)

This master's study programme offers four specialisations: ecology and evolution, general biology, green life sciences and limnology and oceanography.

Biology (VU University of Amsterdam)

This master's study programme offers the following specialisations: ecology, plant sciences, brain and behaviour, societal specialisation, education specialisation, communication specialisation.

Biology (University of Groningen)

This master's offers you the choice to develop your own study programme from within the different domains of Biology, such as ecology marine biology, biomedical sciences and molecular biology. You can also specialise in behavioural science and neurosciences.

Biology (Radboud University Nijmegen)

This master's study programme offers three specialisations: adaptive organisms, communities and ecosystems, water and environment.

Biology (Leiden University)

This master's study programme offers the following specialisations: biology and education, biology and science, communication and society, biology and science-based business, evolution, biodiversity and conservation, molecular and cellular biosciences.

Differences between the master's Biology and similar study programmes at Wageningen University

Biology is in itself a broad education. This allows you to become acquainted with other master's programmes which you could also follow at Wageningen University:

The master's Animal Sciences focuses on animal health and well-being.

The master's Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management is your choice if you want to study aquaculture, fishery and marine ecosystems.

The master's Bioinformatics teaches you to manage and analyse large sets of biological data through ICT.

The master's Plant Biotechnology allows you to combine knowledge from plant sciences with molecular sciences in order to develop innovative plants that can be of added value to, for instance, human health or food.

The master's Plant Sciences offers you all facets of the plant production system.

The master's Forest and Nature Conservation focuses on the sustainable management of forest- and nature areas.

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