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About Biology, Master Degree - at University of Groningen

Would you like a tailor-made programme in Biology? Specialize in mathematical modelling and computational biology to be applied in various biology research domains?

Or would you like to design your programme at the crossroad of different biology domains? If so, Biology in Groningen is the master's degree programme for you.

Students with a broad interest in biology are able to design a tailor-made programme under the guidance of a staff member who will coach the student throughout his or her master's programme.

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 modelling in life sciences can follow a newly developed track.

Track: Modelling in the Life Sciences

Mathematical modelling and computational approaches are indispensable for modern research in the life sciences and call for students with an interdisciplinary background. In this programme 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 programme of courses that covers all aspects of modelling, 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.

Track: Research

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.

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Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field. For the specialization Modelling in the Life Sciences you will need a degree which contains enough courses relevant to this field.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

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If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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