The Master of Biology: specialisation Global Change Biology helps you to acquire a thorough insight into the complex causes and consequences of global change. You will learn how climate change, global alterations of land use, disrupted water and biogeochemical cycles, pollution, biological invasions and loss of biodiversity are threatening the viability of our planet, for us humans, and for many organisms in natural ecosystems. During the preparation of your Master’s thesis, you will be exposed to high-level research environments in the department. Through interactions with professors, PhD students and staff members, you will develop the skills and competence required to research the phenomenon of global change and to help mitigate its effects.
You will strengthen your insights by attending the following key courses:
Laboratory skills for global change biologists
Global change physiology
Evolutionary responses to global change
Terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystem functioning
Ecosystem-based adaptation to global change
Successful students receive a Master’s degree in Biology: specialisation Global Change Biology. The degree offers competitiveness in the general field of Biology as well as in the expert field of Global Change Biology. The recognition that global change is threatening our planet means that expertise in the subject is a widely sought asset.
As a graduate you will be prepared for a wide variety of positions which require a deep understanding of biology. In particular, you will have expertise in analysing policy and influence decision-making in the field of global change impact and adaptation. We expect that graduates will be employed by governmental bodies at both a national and international level, NGOs and consulting agencies. Research offers another career opportunity, abroad, but also in Belgium where several research groups are leading the way in global change research.
Why choose UAntwerp?
You participate in state-of-the-art research performed at the internationally renowned Department of Biology of the University of Antwerp. You acquire insight into the drivers of global change and its consequences at all levels of biological organisation, from molecules over cells, individual organisms and populations to communities and ecosystems.