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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, November, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Biology at University of Groningen

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

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

Students with a broad interest in biology are able to design atailor-made programme under the guidance of a staff member who willcoach the student throughout his or her master's programme. As astudent you are offered the opportunity to either specialize in a specific discipline of biology or to combine aspects from multipledisciplines.

Student may specialize either in one discipline or combinedisciplines such as Ecology & Evolution, BiomedicalSciences or Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Those whoare interested to develop, apply and interpret mathematicalmodelling in life sciences can follow a newly developedspecialization .

Specialization: Modelling in the LifeSciences
Mathematical modelling and computational approaches areindispensable for modern research in the life sciences and call forstudents with an interdisciplinary background. In this programmeyou will learn how mathematical concepts and methods can be used to develop and interpret dynamic models in a broad spectrum of lifesciences. The knowledge can be applied to address researchquestions in biological disciplines like Ecology and Evolution,Molecular and cellular Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Thespecialization offers a coherent program of courses that covers allaspects of modelling, ranging from model development, analysis,interpretation, and comparison with empirical data, to theimplementation of simulation software and the presentation of theoretical work. At least one of the research projects will beused to implement the knowledge obtained in thisspecialization.

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

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

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

Student may specialize either in one discipline or combinedisciplines such as Ecology & Evolution, BiomedicalSciences or Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Those whoare interested to develop, apply and interpret mathematicalmodelling in life sciences can follow a newly developedspecialization .

Specialization: Modelling in the LifeSciences
Mathematical modelling and computational approaches areindispensable for modern research in the life sciences and call forstudents with an interdisciplinary background. In this programmeyou will learn how mathematical concepts and methods can be used to develop and interpret dynamic models in a broad spectrum of lifesciences. The knowledge can be applied to address researchquestions in biological disciplines like Ecology and Evolution,Molecular and cellular Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Thespecialization offers a coherent program of courses that covers allaspects of modelling, ranging from model development, analysis,interpretation, and comparison with empirical data, to theimplementation of simulation software and the presentation of theoretical work. At least one of the research projects will beused to implement the knowledge obtained in thisspecialization.

After your studies

Job prospects

Graduates of the Master's degree programme in Biology who havechosen the Research track often enter a PhD programme or join aresearch and development team in a company or research institute.Students who have chosen the Science, Business & Policy trackfind jobs (e.g. as science advisor) in a variety of fields, e.g. ingovernmental organizations, research institutions, museums,publishers or companies.

Graduates of the Master's degree programme in Biology who havechosen the Research track often enter a PhD programme or join aresearch and development team in a company or research institute.Students who have chosen the Science, Business & Policy trackfind jobs (e.g. as science advisor) in a variety of fields, e.g. ingovernmental organizations, research institutions, museums,publishers or companies.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • R&D in a company or research institute
  • Science advisor
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsFebruary, November, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
BiologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Life Science and TechnologyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

With the majors Biomedical Sciences, Behaviour andNeurosciences, or Molecular life sciences.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on yourapplication, after which the board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field. For thespecialization Behaviour and Neurosciences you will need a degreewhich 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 masterprogramme for which you applied.

other admission requirements

For the specialization Behavioural & Neurosciences studentshave to show that their Bachelor's degree contains enough coursesrelevant to this field. The Admissions Board will decide whether astudent can be admitted to the Master's programme.

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/msc/for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field. For thespecialization Behaviour and Neurosciences you will need a degreewhich contains enough courses relevant to this field.

other admission requirements

Continuous registration for Dutch students is possible.

For the specialisation Behavioural & Neurosciences studentshave to show that their Bachelor's degree contains enough coursesrelevant to this field. The Admissions Board will decide whether astudent can be admitted to the Master's programme.

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    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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