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.Download the brochure
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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 Italian and after my Bachelor I decided to go abroad for a Master. After visiting several universities in different European countries, I came across the VUB. One of the first things I noticed, is the close and nice relationship among students and professors. I like it very much as it creates the perfect environment for studying and growing. The programme of 'Environment, Biodiversity & Ecosystems' offers a wide choice of fields of study, and gives everyone the opportunity to find his own path in the world of science.
I am a freshwater ecologist and I attended the MSc in Biology: Environment, Biodiversity and Ecosystems. My time at the VUB was very important for my formation. I learned a lot about every single process that characterises the research in general, and moreover I gained expertise in oral skills and presentation techniques.
I appreciated the multidisciplinary approach offered by the faculty: a vast choice of electives ensures a dynamic learning process of many different subjects, allowing you to build up a general knowledge and to link different scientific areas.
An applied approach to ecology ensures that you gain skills during the field work, and the excursions offered by the MSc were inspiring, intense and enjoyable. Furthermore, students from different MSc programmes join the excursions. This ensures real sharing of theoretical and practical knowledge.
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.
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.
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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?
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!
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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