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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: 
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Master of Science in Biology

Herpetology
Academic year 2017-2018
Compulsory: 105 ECTS-credits
Electives: 15 ECTS-credits to choose from any other master programme after approval of the chairman of the examination commission.
In total, this academic plan comprises 120 study points.

Compulsory

Compulsory
To complete this module, students must obtain 105 study points.

Compulsory part 1

The following courses are compulsory in the first year of the model trajectory.
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 27 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Analysis of Biological Data 1st semester 6
Toxins in Amphibians and Reptiles 1st semester 3
Advanced Developmental Biology 2nd semester 3
Biogeography 2nd semester 3
Fieldtrip Ecology 2nd semester 6
Introduction to GIS 2nd semester 3
Origin of Life and Paleontological Evolution 2nd semester 3

Compulsory Biennial courses even academic years

The following courses are compulsory and organised every two years (starting in even academic years)
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 15 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Ecological Physiology of Amphibians and Reptiles biennial: 1st semester of an even academic year (e.g. 2012-2013) 3
Population and Conservation Genetics biennial: 1st semester of an even academic year (e.g. 2012-2013) 3
Systematics, Phylogeny and Natural History of Amphibians biennial: 1st semester of an even academic year (e.g. 2012-2013) 6
Conceptual and Integrative Taxonomy in Herpetology biennial: 2nd semester of an even academic year 3

Compulsory Biennial courses uneven academic years

The following courses are compulsory and organised every two years (starting in uneven academic years)
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 21 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Amphibian and Reptile Diseases and Conservation biennial: 1st semester of an odd academic year (e.g. 2013-2014) 3
Functional Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles biennial: 1st semester of an odd academic year (e.g. 2013-2014) 3
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution biennial: 1st semester of an odd academic year (e.g. 2013-2014) 6
Natural History of Burrowing Herpetofauna biennial: 1st semester of an odd academic year (e.g. 2013-2014) 3
Systematics, Phylogeny and Natural History of Reptiles biennial: 2nd semester of an odd academic year 6

Compulsory part 2

The following courses are compulsory in the second year of the model trajectory
From the courses listed below, students must obtain 42 ECTS credits.
Title Course titular Semester ECTS credits
Field Trip Herpetology 1st semester 9
Manuscript and Project Writing 1st and 2nd semester 3
Master Thesis Biology 1st and 2nd semester 30

Electives

Electives: 15 ECTS-credits to choose from any other master programme after approval of the chairman of the examination commission.
To complete this module, students must obtain 15 study points.