Masters of Science in Biology

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Masters degrees are postgraduate degrees that allow degree-seekers to pursue a more highly specialized field of study. Masters degrees are ideal for career-oriented individuals who are looking to advance in a field they are already a part of or who have a very clear idea what kind of job they are looking for when they leave school and enter the working world.

The answer to the question, what is an MSc in Biology, lies in understanding how education in the biological sciences is structured. At many institutions, Masters degrees are further specialized into Plant Biology, Animal Biology, Molecular Biology, and other related fields. The degree program is made up of lectures, lab work, and independent research projects.

An MSc in Biology allows a higher degree of specialization than an undergraduate degree in any of the natural science fields. In addition, many institutions have labs and facilities that are only available to students perusing their post graduate degrees, so Masters students have access to more equipment.

The cost of an MSc in Biology varies between institutions. The degree usually takes two years of full-time study to complete, however, so the cost of tuition should be planned accordingly.

Students who pursue an MSc in Biology often choose a career in research or teaching. Many also go on to earn a doctoral degree in the same field, which is often required for positions at top labs and schools in the United States and around the world.

There are a number of reasons to consider pursuing an MSc in Biology online. Online classes allow students to study according to their own schedule so they are ideal for working professionals or other busy individuals. It is also ideal for people in remote areas that are not convenient to classrooms.

 

Many fine schools around the world offer Masters degrees in Biology. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Science in Biology

Fort Hays State University Graduate School
Campus Full time Part time 30 - 36 hours August 2017 USA Wichita + 1 more

The graduate program in biology provides you with flexibility to pursue advanced study in such areas as biology, botany, conservation biology, ecology, fisheries biology, microbiology, [+]

Master of Science in Biology

 

The graduate program in biology provides you with flexibility to pursue advanced study in such areas as biology, botany, conservation biology, ecology, fisheries biology, microbiology, rangeland biology, systematics, wildlife biology, and zoology.

Graduate curricula are not specified as such; rather programs are designed with your major professor and graduate committee, according to your individual needs and career goals. Your graduate study can lead to a terminal Master of Science degree or prepare you for acceptance into a doctoral program at another university. All graduate programs designed for research professions or doctoral programs include a research project and thesis developed in consultation with your major professor and graduate committee. The thesis defense consists of an oral presentation of your results that is open to the public, followed by a closed session with your advisor and thesis committee. You must also successfully complete a comprehensive oral exam. More information may be obtained from the Graduate School.If you want to pursue a graduate degree as a secondary teacher in biology, or if you desire a "general" master's degree, you may select the non-thesis option, which requires additional coursework and a research paper in lieu of a thesis. An oral presentation is not required for the non-thesis option, but the comprehensive oral exam is. For information about options for a summer-only program for secondary teachers, contact the department chair.... [-]


Animal, Dairy, Poultry sciences

International University Alliance
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Boston

The School of Animal Sciences is a fully integrated animal science program. We provide a wide array of research, extension and academic programs in food, recreational and companion animal production, veterinary science and animal products. [+]

Animal Sciences The School of Animal Sciences is a fully integrated animal science program. We provide a wide array of research, extension and academic programs in food, recreational and companion animal production, veterinary science and animal products. We offer a variety of degree programs including animal science, dairy science, dairy foods technology and poultry science. We also offer training in equine science, meat science, companion animals and pre-veterinary medicine. Our programs prepare students for challenging careers. We also offer a variety of scholarship and career-oriented internship opportunities for qualified students. Mission The School of Animal Sciences is a fully integrated animal science program. We provide a wide array of research, extension and academic programs in food, recreational and companion animal production, veterinary science and animal products. We offer a variety of degree programs including animal science, dairy science, dairy foods technology and poultry science. We also offer training in equine science, meat science, companion animals and pre-veterinary medicine. Our programs prepare students for challenging careers. We also offer a variety of scholarship and career-oriented internship opportunities for qualified students. Degree Programs Animal Science Dairy Science Poultry Science [-]

MSc in Animal Behaviour

Manchester Metropolitan University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

The MSc in Animal Behaviour addresses the interaction between environment, experience and physiology in the development and dynamics of behaviour. There is an applied element in terms of how the principles of animal behaviour can be applied to practical problems such as animal welfare and conservation. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. The MSc in Animal Behaviour addresses the interaction between environment, experience and physiology in the development and dynamics of behaviour. There is an applied element in terms of how the principles of animal behaviour can be applied to practical problems such as animal welfare and conservation. Students can gain experience of laboratory studies (of invertebrates) and field work. The programme features a strong numerical and research-orientated approach. A range of elective units are available, including Zoo Conservation Biology which takes place at Chester Zoo. There is also a compulsory residential field course in Poland or Tanzania. The MSc is completed by a research-based project which can be carried out overseas or in the UK. There are also opportunities to work within Manchester Met research projects in Tanzania, Kenya, the Philippines, Mauritius and Madeira. Features and benefits of the course We work with the College of African Wildlife Management and the Kenya Wildlife Service and are able to offer unique fieldwork experiences in Tanzania and Kenya. You will have the opportunity to stay for six weeks at one of our research bases in Tanzania or Kenya to collect data for your own research project. Course delivery is flexible and most lectures take place in the evening. Lectures, other course materials and assessment information are available via our online learning platform, Moodle. In the last ten years we’ve invested over £50 million in our home, John Dalton building, including high specification teaching and research facilities for biochemistry, molecular... [-]

Master of Science in Conservation Biology

University of South Florida St. Petersburg - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Saint Petersburg

USF St. Petersburg has announced the new Master of Science in Conservation Biology degree program, which will launch in Fall 2017. The addition of the new graduate program—the only M.S. thesis-based degree of its kind in the State University System—will complement the institution’s thriving undergraduate degree program in biology, which has grown to include more than 760 enrolled students since its Fall 2012 inception. [+]

USF St. Petersburg has announced the new Master of Science in Conservation Biology degree program, which will launch in Fall 2017. The addition of the new graduate program—the only M.S. thesis-based degree of its kind in the State University System—will complement the institution’s thriving undergraduate degree program in biology, which has grown to include more than 760 enrolled students since its Fall 2012 inception. The increase in biology majors aligns with the state’s goals to prepare more graduates for fields in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. “This new program, and others like it at USF St. Petersburg, are preparing students to become leaders in creating and leading community, state, national and international efforts in conservation and sustainability,” said Martin Tadlock, regional vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at USFSP. “We have tremendous faculty members engaged in this work, and highly supportive community partnerships to help us in that preparation.” The program aims to address regional needs for biologists with training in conservation, ecology, organismal biology, and taxonomy. Students who successfully complete the degree will be eligible for jobs in conservation biology at government agencies, at non-profit agencies that protect natural resources, at environmental consulting firms, and at aquaria, and zoological and botanical gardens. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net OnLine, the median salary for careers in conservation biology range from $59,000 to $75,000 with an anticipated job growth rate of 2-13 percent between 2014 to 2024. “This hands-on program fits our priorities... [-]

Maestría en Producción Animal y Recursos Naturales

Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua
Campus Full time 4 months July 2017 Mexico Chihuahua

El programa está enfocado a la formación integral de recurso humano a nivel posgrado, que al involucrarse en actividades de generación, validación y/o transferencia del conocimiento, así como de formación de profesionistas, den respuesta con propuestas innovadoras y sustentadas en el conocimiento a las demandas de solución a la problemática de los sistemas de producción animal, el uso sustentable y el aprovechamiento de los recursos naturales en Chihuahua, en México e incluso allende sus fronteras. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. El programa está enfocado a la formación integral de recurso humano a nivel posgrado, que al involucrarse en actividades de generación, validación y/o transferencia del conocimiento, así como de formación de profesionistas, den respuesta con propuestas innovadoras y sustentadas en el conocimiento a las demandas de solución a la problemática de los sistemas de producción animal, el uso sustentable y el aprovechamiento de los recursos naturales en Chihuahua, en México e incluso allende sus fronteras. Para ello, el programa desarrolla en el estudiante diferentes competencias genéricas y de especialidad en cuatro áreas de especialización: Nutrición Animal, Reproducción y Genética Animal, Manejo de Recursos Naturales y Tecnología de Productos de Origen Animal. Misión y Visión MISIÓN Formar recurso humano especializado con competencias integrales para que contribuyan al desarrollo sustentable, mediante la generación, aplicación, difusión y transferencia de conocimiento para la solución de problemas e innovación en los sistemas de producción animal y el cuidado y uso responsable de los recursos naturales, a favor de una mejor calidad de vida en el contexto regional y nacional. VISIÓN 2018 El programa de maestría en ciencias en Producción Animal y Recursos Naturales es un referente nacional e internacional, con alta pertinencia social, reconocido por la productividad académica, impacto de sus resultados y por la calidad en la formación de recursos humanos comprometidos con la generación y aplicación responsable e innovadora del conocimiento para la solución de problemas del sector agroalimentario, los recursos naturales y el medio ambiente. Posee cuerpos académicos... [-]

M.Sc. in Management & Engineering in Water Resources

RWTH International Academy / RWTH Aachen University
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 Germany Aachen

Water management systems are fundamental to society, through the supply of safe drinking water, the treatment of waste water, the flood and costal protection and through the social and ecological roles of water management. Significant resources are invested to ensure that complex water systems meet the levels of service and performance requirements as defined by increasing social and environmental requirements, whilst minimizing financial, environmental and social costs. The continued development, operation and management of these systems requires highly trained experts with knowledge and practical skills that covers science, engineering and management disciplines. This M.Sc. programme provides the educational base and professional foundation for this, educates graduates that stand out for their ability to integrate scientific principles, engineering knowledge and management techniques for innovative problem solving. [+]

+++ New Programme +++ Expected Start in the Winter Semester 2017/18 +++ https://www.academy.rwth-aachen.de/en/education-formats/msc-degree-programmes/management-and-engineering-in-water An expert in water resource is someone who... Develops sustainable coast and river protection systems most cost-efficiently Unifies the ecological and economical approaches to natural water resources Develops sustainable waste water treatment systems and provide high-level drinking water Consults municipal water companies in developing investment strategies to improve the water management systems Combines the technical demands of an urban water supply with the preservation of ecological systems Consults the government in water conservation strategies and sustainable water cycle management ... to make a difference. Is this you? Obtaining, distributing and managing the vulnerable resource water will play an even bigger role in the future than it does today. Reconciling ecology and economy in the water management is a challenging task where management skills and water engineering know-how is indispensable. Therefore it is important that the complex water systems meet the levels of service and performance requirements defined by increasingly social and environmental demands, whilst minimizing financial, environmental and social costs. The continued development, operation and management of these systems requires highly trained experts with knowledge and practical skills that covers science, engineering and management disciplines. The programme Master of Science in Management and Engineering of Water Resources combines the wide range of applied science, engineering and management disciplines represented in water management. The main objective of the course is to offer further expertise in the water management sector by providing a balance of technical, theoretical and practical... [-]

MSc in Reproductive Biology

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time 12 - 24 months September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

Master of Science program in Reproductive Biology aims at providing the theoretical background as well as practical skills in reproductive medicine and assisted reproduction technologies [+]

M.Sc. in Reproductive Biology

 

Master of Science program in Reproductive Biology aims at providing the theoretical background as well as practical skills in reproductive medicine and assisted reproduction technologies. The program includes courses on the development of male and female reproductive cells, embryo development, handling of reproductive cells and embryo at laboratory conditions. It also discusses the medical problems of the patients applying to "Assisted Reproductive Technologies Centers" and approaches to such problems. Graduates of the program will have the necessary background and skills to be employed in "Assisted Reproductive Technologies Centers" and "Andrology Laboratories". Additionally, they can apply to the centers assigned by the Ministry of Health to obtain the certificate required to work as the "Director of Embryology Laboratory". The graduates will also be equipped with the skills suitable for working in stem-cell and other cell-culture laboratories, with extensive research experience and background to apply to the Doctor of Philosophy program in related fields (embryology, reproductive biology).... [-]


Master of Science in Biology, speciality Laboratory Techniques in Biology

Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2017 Poland Wrocław

You gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in microscopic techniques, techniques of phylogeny reconstruction, laboratory analysis, cell and tissue culture techniques, analytical techniques in hydrobiology and ecotrophology, primate genomics, methods of analysis and assessment of animal origin products. [+]

Duration: 2 years (4 semesters) Professional title: Master Study Profile: general academic Start Month: October Semestral Fee: 1600 EUR Overview Laboratory techniques in biology 2nd grade course provides a student with theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of microscopic techniques, techniques of phylogeny reconstruction, laboratory analysis, cell and tissue culture techniques, analytical techniques in hydrobiology and ecotrophology, primate genomics, methods of analysis and assessment of animal origin products. A course participant will be trained to handle professional laboratory apparatuses in order to develop his own professional skills independently. Knowledge gained during the studies will also include biology methodology and statistics as well as bioinformatics. The course is designed to master general and specific analysis, analytical chemistry while handling optical and electron microscope. The course programme covers the field of coloring and sustaining specimens and in vitro culturing techniques. What will you study? 1st year Statistics methods in biology, bioethics, microscopic techniques, analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, biological molecules marking techniques, basics of laboratory analytical techniques, ecotoxicology, cell and tissue culture techniques, foreign language. 2nd year Techniques of phylogeny reconstruction, elements of specific analysis, biotechniques in animal breeding, comparative genomics, analytical techniques in hydrobiology, analytical techniques in ecotrophology, foreign language. In what form will classes be conducted? Classes are conducted in the form of lectures (430 hours), laboratory, seminars and field classes (all together 570 hours). How will you be assessed? 7-9 subjects will be assessed on the basis of the exam. The exam will comprise of open-ended and closed questions. All... [-]

Course - MSc/PgDip. in Biodiversity and Conservation

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Ireland Dublin

Biodiversity is the diversity of all life on earth, and is currently being lost at an increasing rate. Biodiversity provides us with food, clothing, fuels, construction materials, medicines and a wide range of ecosystem services. We ourselves are part of the biodiversity of this planet: we must understand and conserve biodiversity to secure a sustainable future for humanity... [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. Biodiversity is the diversity of all life on earth, and is currently being lost at an increasing rate. Biodiversity provides us with food, clothing, fuels, construction materials, medicines and a wide range of ecosystem services. We ourselves are part of the biodiversity of this planet: we must understand and conserve biodiversity to secure a sustainable future for humanity. This course will provide in-depth training and experience for those looking to further their career in various aspects of biodiversity and its conservation, for students wishing to pursue further post-graduate research in this area, and for professionals already working in conservation biology wishing to obtain relevant qualifications. The course will be taught through a variety of methods: lectures, practicals, field-based learning, guided reading and discussion groups and web-based methods. A variety of assessment procedures will also be adopted - essay writing, oral presentations, web-based tests, examinations and assessment of dissertations. The approach will be to develop, progressively, a high degree of independent thinking and academic excellence in students completing the course, providing a smooth transition for those entering both directly from undergraduate degrees, and for those entering the course from industry. Students will undertake an individual desk-based study where they work closely with an academic supervisor. They also undertake a three-month research project involving experimental data collection, analysis and interpretation, leading to the submission of a dissertation. A highlight of the course is the residential spring field course based in South Africa, which focuses on ecology and the... [-]

Master in Biotechnology (M.S.)

Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Campus Full time August 2017 Puerto Rico Barranquitas

The Master of Science Program in Biotechnology with Specializations in Biotechnology of Plants and General Biotechnology has as its goal the formation of professionals who possess the knowledge, skills, attitudes and the social commitment, which allow them to make responsible contributions to the scientific development for our society and to the advancement of biotechnology. [+]

The Master of Science Program in Biotechnology with Specializations in Biotechnology of Plants and General Biotechnology has as its goal the formation of professionals who possess the knowledge, skills, attitudes and the social commitment, which allow them to make responsible contributions to the scientific development for our society and to the advancement of biotechnology. It aims to facilitate the development of graduates that can handle the basic technologies of biosciences and emit judgments related to their area of specialization and to related areas. [-]

MSc in Animal Science, specialization in Animal Science

Poznan University of Life Sciences
Campus Full time 3 semesters October 2017 Poland Poznań

Master degree in the field of animal science provide graduates with in-depth knowledge in animal breeding and modern animal production technologies, including organization of production processes and farm management. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. MSc in Animal Science at the Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology Award: Master of Science Master degree in the field of animal science provide graduates with in-depth knowledge in animal breeding and modern animal production technologies, including organization of production processes and farm management. The main focus is on the maintenance of animal welfare and optimal animal productivity, while limiting the negative environmental impact. This course is dedicated to students who would like to gain practical skills and professional competence required to work within the international animal husbandry and production. Course overview The curriculum is based on the experiences gained by the European universities of high renown in the area of agricultural sciences. A significant element is also connected with close academic cooperation with national economic partners, e.g. companies operating in the sector of animal breeding and food production. The course is based on the module system of classes and lectures improving intensity and efficiency of the teaching/learning process. It is focused on providing students with skills required on the labor market through practical classes ( student projects, laboratory and field classes) as well as traineeships. We invite students who are eager to gain knowledge about biostatistics, elements of genetic engineering, genetics of quantitative traits, genomic selection, regulation of alimentary tract functions, technology of food mix production, reproduction biotechnologies, animal disease prevention, principles of organic animal management and the protection of gene resources. Our students will also receive training on management of animal farms and... [-]

M.Sc. in Comparative Vertebrate Morphology

University of Antwerp
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Belgium Antwerp

ERASMUS MUNDUS master programme to train experts who can innovatively contribute to animal research. [+]

This Erasmus Mundus master programme is organized by five European universities and answers to the need of the international biomedical environment for experts who can innovatively contribute to animal research, the development of alternatives and imaging techniques and provide scientific arguments for e.g. revised legislation or position papers regarding the use of animals and animals for research purposes. The five partner universities are: • University of Antwerp, Belgium • Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany • Veterinärmedizinische Universität Vienna, Austria • Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poznan, Poland • Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy This graduate programme is taught in English and runs over a two-year period (120 ECTS credits). You’ll have to pick one out of four mobility tracks. Each track involves two partner universities. [-]

MSc by Research

University of Kent, School of Biosciences
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

We expect that graduates from the course will benefit from an extended independent laboratory research project and will be better qualified to make an important contribution to industry in the specialist area they have chosen, or possibly pursue training to PhD level in a separate degree. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. MSc by research in subjects related to Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Computational Biology or Genetics All students conduct a full-time research project in the area of their chosen specialisation. The opportunities may vary yearly and a selection of the current (starting September 2014) projects available are outlined below. The period of benchwork may involve a placement in an industrial laboratory and culminates in the submission of a written research dissertation which forms an important component of the assessment procedures. Additionally, students will be asked to produce a poster for presentation at the annual Postgraduate Symposium in July and a talk at the conclusion of their studies. We expect that graduates from the course will benefit from an extended independent laboratory research project and will be better qualified to make an important contribution to industry in the specialist area they have chosen, or possibly pursue training to PhD level in a separate degree. International students, especially those from countries developing their biosciences infrastructure, will be able to return home with qualifications to enable them to initiate or direct relevant research. Please note that, due to the technical requirements of certain laboratory-based research projects, some projects additionally incur additional research costs to support consumable requirements. Additional research costs are typically in the range of £500-£2,000, though exceptionally these can be as high as £5,000 for resource-intensive research projects. Please note that the School of Biosciences has a very limited number of funding and scholarship opportunities for master's students... [-]

MSc Environmental Biology

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

In this programme, you will study the fundamental life processes of plants and microbes. The interdisciplinary course content also offers you the chance to examine animal behaviour from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. [+]

Explore Life From Genes To Ecosystems Plants, animals, and microbes all play a key role in the sustainability of life on Earth. The Master's programme in Environmental Biology offers you the opportunity to explore different organisational levels of life – from genes, cells, and organisms to populations and entire ecosystems. In this programme, you will study the fundamental life processes of plants and microbes. The interdisciplinary course content also offers you the chance to examine animal behaviour from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Tracks Within the Environmental Biology Master, you can select a specialised track from the following: Plant Biology Fungal Biology Ecology and Natural Resource Management Biomarine Sciences & Palaeoecology Behavioural Ecology Tailor-made study plan Alternatively, you can develop an individualised curriculum suited to your unique interests. We offer you considerable flexibility in choosing specific subfields or topics within Environmental Biology. Study Programme The main components of this two-year Master’s programme (120 EC) are practical research training and advanced theoretical education. The aim of the research projects is to train you as an independent researcher. The programme can only be followed full-time. [-]

MSc The Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Russia St. Petersburg

Master's programme is designed to educate students for careers in the biomedical science, in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. [+]

MSc Degrees in Biology. Objective of the Programme Master's programme is designed to educate students for careers in the biomedical science, in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. The programme’s main feature is the combination of fundamental education in physics and mathematics with the knowledge and skills in biological and physiological analysis. Using scientific research and experimental base of the Laboratory of Molecular NeurodegenerationSPbSTU students have an opportunity to develop skills in modern experimental techniques, biophysical and biomedical technologies. The programmeis expected to involve training and internshipin the leading international centers. Key Advantages The programme provides our students with the knowledge and competences for a further professional career in biomedical field. Good command of English allows the participation in the seminars delivered in English by guest lecturers and provides internships in international centers and companies. The programme offers a unique opportunity for the joint study of Russian students with students from the universities from all over the world as well as the opportunity to participate together in academic and extracurricular activities atSPbSPU. Unique opportunities for international academic mobility. One semester of trainingabroad at academic partners of SPbSPU. Teaching Methods The focus of the programme is to enrich the knowledge and develop practical research skills in the field of experimental cell biology, neurobiology and medicine. Workshops, scientific discussions, individual project presentations are the key part of the programme. Students will learn to formulate scientific problems, questions, ways and methods to solve them. [-]