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Subject : Biology (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

Wageningen University offers a comprehensive programme in Biology. The fundamental research done at the university often has many practical applications in areas such as agriculture, food, nature conservation, and human, animal and plant health. The programme is multidisciplinary and thesis-orientated.

There are four specialisations:

  • Cellular biology, focuses on understanding the basic structural units of all living matter, including its components, their functions (cell organelles and biomolecules) and the controlling processes in the cell. Students will become familiar with advanced techniques for analysing cells and molecules, such as spectrometry, ultraviolet and infrared light, and nuclear magnetic resonance. They will learn techniques for isolating biomolecules, recombinant DNA techniques and methods for analysing the activity of enzymes, or they will study topics such as photosynthesis and developmental biology. Students can major in fields such as genetics, virology, microbiology, immunology, physiology, molecular biology, and toxicology.
  • Plant biology and animal biology, focus on the growth and development of plants and animals. Interactions between different organisms are studied. Majors in animal biology include biosystematics, cell biology and immunology, entomology, ethology and animal welfare, experimental zoology, genetics, human and animal physiology, and nematology.
  • Ecology, study the interactions between organisms and their environment. Students focus on vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, or microorganisms. Theoretical knowledge is applied to areas such as nature conservation, fisheries, crop protection and epidemiology. Students can also focus their research on biosystematics or biodiversity. The study of ecosystems involves spatial analysis. Students can major in fields such as aquatic ecology and water management, insect ecology, nature conservation and plant ecology, soil biology, tropical nature conservation and vertebrate ecology.
  • Theoretical and mathematical biology - Studies using formulas and models to describe and analyse biological phenomena. Large amounts of data are analysed, which requires good skills in information science. Theoretical and mathematical biology can be applied to all levels, from cell to ecosystem. Students can major in fields such as aquatic ecology and water management, biophysics, experimental zoology, mathematical and statistical methods, and population dynamics.
  • Admission Requirements:
    in chemistry, biology, animal science, plant science, or related fields.
    Must have had sufficient theoretical and practical training in all of the following fields during their BSc studies:

  • chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, statistics and physics;
  • cell biology, cell physiology, microbiology;
  • botany (anatomy, physiology, plant diversity);
  • zoology (anatomy, physiology and animal diversity);
  • evolutionary biology, biosystematics, genetics; ecology.
  • The extent and level training should be comparable to the contents of the textbook ‘Biology’ (5th edition; authors: Campbell, Reece and Mitchell; publisher: Addison-Wesley).
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5