The Master’s programme in Biology with a specialisation in Biodiversity, Conservation and Restoration helps you to acquire a thorough insight into the local and global threats to biodiversity. You gain an advanced knowledge of the organism-environment interactions that determine biodiversity. You are trained in skills to maintain and restore biodiversity at different scales, from individual populations and species to habitats and landscapes. And you participate in state-of the-art research performed at the internationally renowned Department of Biology!
The Master’s thesis enhances your research competences through exposure to high-level research environments in the department and through interaction with professors, PhD students and staff members of the faculty. The Conservation Internship immerses you in the daily practice of conservation and restoration outside the university, including working with NGOs, policy makers, farmers and environmental legislators.
Students strengthen their insights in the following key conservation and restoration issues:
Species conservation and management
Restoration of degraded ecosystems
Links and conflicts between conservation and society
Successful students receive a Master’s degree in Biology: specialisation Biodiversity, Conservation and Restoration, thus offering competitiveness in the general field of Biology as well as in the expert field of Conservation and Restoration. The recognition of the value of biodiversity for ecosystem services to society makes a specialisation in conservation and restoration a much sought asset.
As a graduate you are prepared for positions which require you to analyse policy and influence decision-making in the field of biodiversity conservation and restoration. Graduates are often employed by NGOs, consulting agencies and governmental bodies at both national and international level. Research offers another career opportunity, abroad but also in Belgium with its well-developed research landscape in the field.
Why choose UAntwerp?
“I had a look at several European countries and study programmes, but in the end I chose Antwerp because the Master of Biology: specialisation Biodiversity, Conservation and Restoration was exactly what I had been looking for. Not only because I was finally able to merge my two previous degrees from the University of Miami in “Biology” and “Ecosystem Science and Policy” and it’s solely taught in English, but also because it offered the possibility to return to Africa to pursue my research interests for my thesis. And after all it’s good to be able to get a European view on my field of study, which certainly will make me a better biologist. Furthermore my study programme can be considered as pretty international, since almost half of my fellow students are from abroad. I think it’s a great enrichment if you have so much different knowledge and many points of views around.”
Blake Alexander Simmons | USA