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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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I am a Master student in Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology. I have always dreamed of finding a new treatment for a life-threatening disease such as cancer. That is why I knew early on in my studies that my preference would go to Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology. The VUB gives you the opportunity to partly develop a tailor-made study programme, so it fits perfectly with your needs and interests.

Also I must add that the philosophy of the VUB made me decide to do my Biology studies there, as for me independent research is inherent to life.

I am a forestry engineer from Cameroon and always dreamed of continuing my studies abroad. The Master in Biology, profile Human Ecology fits perfectly with my training and I really like the multidisciplinary approach. This master program is also an opportunity to improve my English, though I must confess that the oral exams are challenging for me. The practical orientation of the teaching and the perfect coordination of the program exceeded my expectations.

I studied Botany and Zoology at the University of Nairobi, and am now enrolled in the MSc Biology, profile Human Ecology at the VUB. My dream is to play an important role in plant ecology and conservation. Human beings are central to environment reconstruction and degradation and prudent management would avert possible ecological challenges and impacts. Studying Human Ecology at the VUB gives me the recognition and the knowledge and skills needed to help my people and my country. It has a holistic approach to science, combining theoretic, practical as well as field work. The dedicated professors coach us, inspire us, and challenge us to be innovative. I have also learned how to do oral exams. They are not common in Kenya, but teach you important social skills.

I was drawn to the Master of Biology (Environment, Biodiversity & Ecosystems) by its internship option and the numerous opportunities to engage in field excursions. In this academic field, practical work is as crucial as theoretical work, and the VUB offers a superb balance. Studying in the heart of the environmentally progressive European Union offered me the opportunity to observe and learn among students and professors who share a similar passion for conservation. The VUB’s approach to education also guarantees that professors have ample personal time for you. Thus, real kinships are developed with your instructors. I am glad I used this chance to acquire and develop the scientific skills needed to succeed in the real world.

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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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International Relations and Mobility Office (IRMO)


Secretariat of the Faculty of Science and Bio-engineering Sciences