Master of Biology

Course content

As the study of life, the Msc in Biology has  a far-reaching influence in numerous areas within science and society. The research domain of biology itself is very broad, and covers the complete spectrum of the diversity of the formation of life and the different organization levels of life, ranging from a cell to the eco-system and biosphere level.

Actual topics and challenges such as protection of endangered species, global change, sustainability, cloning of organisms, dangerous diseases and medical progress find their roots in biology.

Biology also forms a source for numerous conceptual innovations that lead towards new disciplines such as the molecular biology and biotechnology.

Thanks to cose interaction with with this and other scientific disciplines such as chemistry, geology, geography and physics, biology forms an exciting study domain that is constantly in evolution and of which the development goes hand in hand with broad developments and challenges within society.

Course structure

The master program of biology has a mixed offer of courses in English and Dutch. It is possible to choose a complete curriculum of English courses  (120 credits).

The curriculum of a 2 year master program in biology is divided in to the following parts:

  • 20 credits for four general courses
  • 30 credits for the master dissertation
  • 40 credits for  major courses
  • 30 credits for  minor (elective) courses

The general courses prepare you for the correct choice of your major courses and your master dissertation.

In the first year of the master program you select two packages of major courses from a total of four major course packages.

The four major  course packages are: Ecology, Evolution, Functional biology and Bio-diversity. These major course packages give you a chance to improve your in-depth knowledge in all of the existing research areas of which there is a research expertise within Ghent University, and they allow you to specialize within two of these research areas.

The master dissertation is situated within the research area of at least one of the two major course packages you have chosen. Most of the master dissertations fit within a current national or international (research) project. However, your master dissertation can also exploit the results of projects or a master dissertation can even be of a prospective character towards future new projects.

Besides your two major course packages, you can also choose from three minor course packages. Here you choose 30 credits of broadening elective courses, offered  within the same master program of Biology or offered by another Flemish/Dutch University.

Career perspectives

As a graduate of the master of Biology you can work on scientific research in universities or scientific research institutions, at secondary or higher education level, in counseling or managerial functions with the government and in companies where research and development is the core business.

Admission requirements


• For non-Flemish degrees:

the course is open to students with at least a Bachelor degree in the field of biology with minimum 180 credits.

• For Flemish degrees:

the list of degrees giving access to this master can be consulted in the online course catalogue. 


Check the language requirements for English study programmes.