MSc in Biology

Radboud University

Program Description

MSc in Biology

Radboud University

How do humans, animals and plants adapt to their environment? This question is central in the Radboud University Master’s programme in Biology. The biologists at the University are just as aware of the larger whole – the ecosystems, river courses and populations – as they are of smaller building blocks such as cells, genes and pollen. In this way they are able to reveal nature’s fundamental mechanisms. Our top scientists will take you with them on their voyage of discovery.

Specialisations The programme offers six specialisations:

  • Adaptive organisms
  • Communities and Ecosystems
  • Microbiology
  • Water and Environment
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation

Programme The programme is built up as follows:

  • Two research internships (each 45 EC) including practical work (36 EC), a theoretical component, a test (3 EC) and a thesis (6EC)
  • Bio-scientific Master courses (12 EC)
  • Philosophy course (3EC)
  • Elective courses (15 EC)

Experts Training is closely linked to on-going research within the Institute for Water and Wetlands Research, the Institute of Neuroscience and the Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences. Radboud’s biologists are experts in plant and animal ecology, microbiology, the development of plants and neurobiology. This is reflected both in the many publications that appear in top journals and the number of national and international subsidies allocated to them.

Personal tutor This programme offers you many opportunities to follow your own interests under the guidance of a personal tutor. At the beginning of your training you will choose which of the two main subject areas you wish to follow: Water & Wetlands or Neurobiology. Each time you start a research internship you will select a research group and be allocated a supervisor.Your second research internship may either be carried out at another university in the Netherlands, abroad or in a company. Here our wide international research network can be of great benefit.

Career prospects This programme provides you with the qualifications you need to start working on your PhD and most graduates do just that. Within our research institute there are vacancies every year and graduates are also employed as researchers and managers in international companies and at research institutions.

Admission requirements As an international student yourprior education must meet certain requirements.

Bachelor's degree Equivalent diploma of a Dutch Bachelor’s degree obtained at a university (BA or BSc).Master's programme you apply forshould bein the same area of studies as your previous education. When youhave a Bachelor’s degree from a university of professional education you are not admitted straight away. Most of the timeyouneed to follow a special transition programme (schakelprogramma) to improve your knowledge of the scientific field beforeyou can gain admission to a Master’s programme.

Language requirements Fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor’s degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • a TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based), 90 (internet-based);
  • an IELTS score of 6.5;
  • a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher.

Deadlines Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April.
  • EEA students: 1 May.

Quality label

Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

Last updated March 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
2 years
Full time
1,984 EUR
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EU/EEA, 01/04/2015 - non-EU/EEA (each year)
Start date Sept. 2016
Netherlands Nijmegen
Application deadline Request Info
EU/EEA, 01/04/2015 - non-EU/EEA (each year)
End date Aug. 31, 2017
Duration 2 years
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA- 10,137 EUR for non-EEA students