Application and admission - Biology

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

Application Procedure

In order to apply for the MSc Biology programme, applicants must complete the application form and submit it with all necessary documents. The Academic Committee of Admissions will review the application based on the applicant’s academic record (curriculum, Grade Point Average and final thesis report or research paper) and/or relevant work experience. The applicants will be informed of the Committee’s decision by letter.

Application: Dutch Students

Application: EU/EFTA Students

Application: Outside EU/ETFA Students

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

Students in the final year of their BSc programme may 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
  • An overview of the relevant research he/she has conducted
  • An official letter from the home university stating that the student will have completed all the requirements of the BSc programme before 1 August of the year he/she wants to start.

Pre-master's programme

After graduation, students must submit their BSc certificate before 1 September of the year he/she wants to start. For more information about the pre-master's programme, go to the "schakelprogramma" page (only in Dutch).

If you have other questions you can ask Arno Hoetmer, the MSc Biology study advisor:

Admission Requirements

To take part in the MSc Biology programme, you must have met the general requirements for Wageningen University. In addition, there are also specific requirements for the MSc Biology programme.

Specific requirements for a MSc in Biology

You have obtained a BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to the MSc Biology programme:

  • Unconditional admission: With a (WO) BSc Biology degree from a Dutch University.
  • Possible admission: With a BSc from Wageningen University, other Dutch University or a bachelor's from a Dutch HBO.
  • International students admission: depends on the previous education.

Possible admission means that an individual pre-master's programme might be required (the pre-master's programme is only for Dutch students). This pre-master's programme is a period (usually 0.5 to 1 years) in which the student follows courses to increase his or her background knowledge up to the required level.

Attention: If you have an HBO degree in a green subject it does not necessarily mean that you are admissible to the MSc Biology programme. We expect you to have (possible after a pre-master's programme) the knowledge on all the subjects that are taught at the BSc Biology at Wageningen University. This means that if you have graduated at an HBO, you can be admissible after a pre-master's programme, but you can also be not admissible. To avoid disappointments you should start the application procedure on time to see if you are admissible.

International students; to find out if your previous education is sufficient enough to take part in the MSc Biology programme you should start the application procedure.

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, the MSc Biology study advisor:

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees can vary, depending on for example your nationality and degree.

Find out which tuition fee is applicable for you


For questions on the admission procedure you can contact

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Iris Keizer, the MSc Biology study advisor:

Apply for the MSc Biology