Master of Science in Biology: Ecology and Biodiversity

The graduation option Ecology and Biodiversity allows students to gain experience in the research methods used to study the ecology and evolution of organisms found in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems.

A staff of experts teaches up-to-date knowledge on individual organisms, populations, species communities and ecosystems, backed up by their active research experience in taxonomy and phylogeny, vertebrate and invertebrate ecology, evolutionary ecology, biogeography, plant ecology, plant-animal interactions, and nature management. In addition, students are introduced into ecological research by means of practical field training and excursions in Belgium and abroad

Programme structure

Compulsory: 42 ECTS

Electives: 48 ECTS
Can be chosen from 3 groups
- Conceptual Courses
- Applied Courses
- Practical & Technical skills

Master's Thesis: 30 ECTS

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"I am a freshwater ecologist and I attended the MSc in Biology: Environment, Biodiversity and Ecosystems. My time at the VUB was very important for my formation. I learned a lot about every single process that characterises the research in general, and moreover I gained expertise in oral skills and presentation techniques. I appreciated the multidisciplinary approach offered by the faculty: a vast choice of electives ensures a dynamic learning process of many different subjects, allowing you to build up a general knowledge and to link different scientific areas. An applied approach to ecology ensures that you gain skills during the field work, and the excursions offered by the MSc were inspiring, intense and enjoyable. Furthermore, students from different MSc programmes join the excursions. This ensures real sharing of theoretical and practical knowledge.”
Pierluigi Colangeli

"I am Italian and after my Bachelor I decided to go abroad for a Master. After visiting several universities in different European countries, I came across the VUB. One of the first things I noticed, is the close and nice relationship among students and professors. I like it very much as it creates the perfect environment for studying and growing. The programme of 'Environment, Biodiversity & Ecosystems' offers a wide choice of fields of study, and gives everyone the opportunity to find his own path in the world of science."
Silvia Lechtaler

"I was drawn to the Master of Biology by its internship option and the numerous opportunities to engage in field excursions. In this academic field, practical work is as crucial as theoretical work, and the VUB offers a superb balance. Studying in the heart of the environmentally progressive European Union offered me the opportunity to observe and learn among students and professors who share a similar passion for conservation. The VUB’s approach to education also guarantees that professors have ample personal time for you. Thus, real kinships are developed with your instructors. I am glad I used this chance to acquire and develop the scientific skills needed to succeed in the real world."
Karan Prakash