MSc in Biology
University of Groningen
EUR 2,314 / per year **
01 May 2024*
Earliest start date
* Dutch, EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students
** EU/EEA students: €2,314 | non-EU/EEA students: €20,700
Would you like a tailor-made program in Biology? Specialize in mathematical modeling and computational biology to be applied in various biology research domains?
Or would you like to design your program at the crossroad of different biology domains? If so, Biology in Groningen is the master's degree program for you.
Students with a broad interest in biology are able to design a tailor-made program under the guidance of a staff member who will coach the student throughout his or her master's program.
Students may specialize either in one discipline or combine disciplines such as Ecology & Evolution, Biomedical Sciences, or Biomolecular Sciences. Those who are interested to develop, apply and interpret mathematical modeling in life sciences can follow a newly developed track.
Track: Modelling in the Life Sciences
Mathematical modeling and computational approaches are indispensable for modern research in the life sciences and call for students with an interdisciplinary background. In this program, you will learn how mathematical concepts and methods can be used to develop and interpret dynamic models in a broad spectrum of life sciences. The knowledge can be applied to address research questions in biological disciplines like Ecology and Evolution, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Biomedical Sciences. The track offers a coherent program of courses that covers all aspects of modeling, ranging from model development, analysis, interpretation, and comparison with empirical data, to the implementation of simulation software and the presentation of theoretical work. At least one of the research projects will be used to implement the knowledge obtained in this track.
This track prepares for a career in academia or other research institutes. You will focus on conducting research by actually doing it in research projects. You will go through the whole process of conducting science in the field or the laboratory, developing skills such as exploring scientific literature, formulating hypotheses, designing and performing experiments, and presenting results.
Track: Science, Business & Policy
Interested in the policy or business side of science? We offer a Science, Business & Policy track. This track combines a six-month research training with a six-month internship related to the application of scientific insights in business, policy, or administration.
Why study this program in Groningen?
- Combination of in-depth training and the opportunity for designing a tailor-made program
- Specialize in Modelling in Life Sciences
- Focus on the study of causes and consequences of Animal Behaviour
- Coaching by a personal mentor
- Possibility to enroll in the Master's degree program four times a year (every half-semester) (contact Maartje Giesbers (academic advisor) for more information about this option)
2-year program; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.
- Modeling in the Life Sciences (track)
- Research profile (profile)
- Science, Business & Policy (profile)
- Study abroad is recommended
- For an average of 20 weeks
- Maximum of 60 EC
Exchange: All our science and engineering programs offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programs have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.
Program Tuition Fee
Graduates of the Master's degree program in Biology who have chosen the Research track often enter a Ph.D. program or join a research and development team in a company or research institute. Students who have chosen the Science, Business & Policy track find jobs (e.g. as science advisor) in a variety of fields, e.g. in governmental organizations, research institutions, museums, publishers, or companies.
- Ph.D. research position
- R&D in a company or research institute
- Science advisor