Programme outline

Number of ECTS credits: 
120
Number of years: 
2
Internship: 
optional for 6 or 9 credits
Exchange possibilities: 
Possible in Belgium and abroad with the Erasmus+ and other exchange programs for 30 credits
Study language: 
English
Faculty: 
Science and Bio-engineering Sciences
Campus: 
Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus
Deze opleiding in het Nederlands: 
Biologie

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Master of Science in Biology

Ecology and Biodiversity
Academic year 2017-2018
Compulsory: 72 ECTS-credits.
Electives: 48 ECTS-credits to choose from the lists of electives 'Conceptual', 'Applied' and/or 'Practical and Technical Skills'.
"Professional Internship" can only be chosen once during the 2-year master programme, either as 6 or as 9 ECTS-credits.

Compulsory

Compulsory: 72 ECTS-credits.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 72 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Analysis of Biological Data 1st semester 5
Marine Biology 1st semester 5
River & Lake Ecology 1st semester 5
Social-Ecological Systems 1st semester 3
Bioethics 2nd semester 3
Biogeography 2nd semester 3
Fieldtrip Ecology 2nd semester 6
Functional and Experimental Plant Ecology 2nd semester 6
Manuscript and Project Writing 1st and 2nd semester 3
Master Thesis Biology 1st and 2nd semester 30
Scientific Presentation Skills and Career Planning 1st and 2nd semester 3

Electives

Electives: 48 ECTS-credits to choose from the lists of electives 'Conceptual', 'Applied' and/or 'Practical and Technical Skills'.

"Professional Internship" can only be chosen once during the 2-year master programme, either as 6 or as 9 ECTS-credits.
To complete this module, students must obtain 48 study points.

Electives ’Conceptual'

Electives ’Conceptual'
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Molecular Microbiology 1st semester 3
Plant-soil Interactions 1st semester 5
Toxins in Amphibians and Reptiles 1st semester 3
Origin of Life and Paleontological Evolution 2nd semester 3
Biology of Animal Societies biennial: 1st semester of an even academic year (e.g. 2012-2013) 5
Biogeochemistry biennial: 2nd semester of an even academic year 3

Electives 'Applied'

Electives 'Applied'

Electives 'Practical and Technical Skills'

Electives 'Practical and Technical Skills'
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Guided Self-Study 1st semester 6
Introduction to GIS 2nd semester 3
Professional Internship 1st and 2nd semester 9
Professional Internship 1st and 2nd semester 6
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution biennial: 1st semester of an odd academic year (e.g. 2013-2014) 6

Electives subject to approval

Electives subject to approval by the chairman of the examination commission.