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Biodiversity crisis, stem cell research and the yearly flu panic: every day, biologists face new research challenges, from the level of single molecules to whole ecosystems. A master’s degree in biology allows you to contribute to research, share your knowledge through teaching, or to apply it in public service or private industry.

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international opportunities

During your studies you will gain a lot of (international) practical experience, both in research labs and in the field. Ecological excursions in Belgium, abroad (Northern France and Southern Europe) and possibly even at sea help you to broaden your horizon.

You can do part of your study programme abroad through the well-known Erasmus programme, but there is also a whole range of other exchange possibilities both inside and outside of Europe. You might choose to study a semester at another European university, or you can do your entire master's thesis or the fieldwork for your thesis abroad. Alternatively, you can also opt for an international internship.  

You can go on Erasmus exchange to:


For more information, please contact us by mail: exchange.outgoing@vub.ac.be.

after your education


If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for this challenge?

First step in the market

The VUB helps you to make your first step in the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs, tips ‘n tricks for job interviews. All an ambitious student needs!

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Oceans and Lakes

This master programme addresses any student with a background in Sciences. Oceans & Lakes is an inter-university programme organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Antwerp University and Ghent University. The programme presents a comprehensive overview of the diversity and complexity of life and biological processes in oceans, seas, lakes and estuaries. It provides the students with strong fundamental and applied knowledge and prepares them for an active role in the scientific research and management of marine and lacustrine ecosystems. ‘Oceans and Lakes’ adopts a multidisciplinary approach integrating physical, chemical geological, ecological and societal aspects and including nature conservation and sustainable development.


A bachelor degree in Biology further allows you to enroll into the following Master programmes, organized by other departments of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel:

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Study Guidance Center


International Relations and Mobility Office (IRMO)


Secretariat of the Faculty of Science and Bio-engineering Sciences