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.


The programme offers six specialisations:

  • Adaptive organisms
  • Communities and Ecosystems
  • Microbiology
  • Water and Environment Double Degree programme in Transnational ecosystem-based Water Management
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation


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 are 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, your prior education must meet certain requirements. As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Biology or related area.

Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Examination Board will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted. The Examination Board will also indicate if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.

2. A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of >90;
  • An IELTS score of ≥6.5;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

*For those who don’t meet the requirements it might be possible to take a bridging programme, called a pre-Master’s.


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.

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Last updated October 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
2 years
Full time
2,083 EUR
€2,083 for EEA / €12,645 for non-EEA students
Apr. 1, 2019
1 April (non-EEA students) or 1 May (EEA students)
Netherlands - Nijmegen, Gelderland
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2019
1 April (non-EEA students) or 1 May (EEA students)
End date Request Info
Sept. 2019
Netherlands - Nijmegen, Gelderland
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2019
1 April (non-EEA students) or 1 May (EEA students)
End date Request Info

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