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Course details 2010-2011  
Important notice on language
This programme is mainly taught in Dutch.
Our English programme Master of Biology: Biodiversity: conservation and restoration can be found here.
Qualification awarded
In order to obtain the degree of Master of Biology the student
  • should be enrolled for the programme in question under a diploma contract or under an exam contract to obtain a diploma
  • should have taken all the exams that the programme encompasses
  • should previously have registered for the programme with the examination board.
  • should have acquired at least 120 ECTS-credits
The programme consists of 120 ECTS-credits.
In a model academic year, the student takes between 54 and 66 ECTS-credits.
Admission requirements
Direct: bachelor of biology
With preparatory programme: academic bachelor of biochemistry and biotechnology, biomedical sciences and bio-engineering.
Objectives and learning outcomes
1. The master of biology is able to independently situate and evaluate a scientific problem and to formulate the question. He/she has the knowledge and skill to answer the question in the context of the current state of scientific research.
2. Moreover his scientific training allows the master to set up a problem-solving strategy of experiments or observations. He/she has the skills to execute these and if necessary to work in a team.
3. Based on the results the master of biology can give a relevant answer to the question and suggest solutions, in an academic context as well as in practical applications.
4. With the acquired skills the master of biology can summarize, communicate and interpret his/her findings at different levels: to peers, to a broad public or to policy makers.
5. The master of biology is aware of the relativity of things, of the border between objectivity and subjectivity, of the possibilities and limitations set by technology and knowledge. He/she acts as a thinking and reflecting scientist in all his/her activities.
6. The master of biology can independently recognize and describe problems in relation to life and society. He/she is able to track and interpret relevant data with the appropriate methods. Of the greatest importance is the ability to value paradigms and dogmas and in particular to define the limits of their reliability.
7. The master of biology has a thorough insight in living matter and in the relationship between biotic and abiotic matter. He/she has the attitude to continuously follow up the state of knowledge in the subfield he/she has made his/her own and he/she learns to think, plan, experiment and conclude using the current methodology and technology.
8. The master of biology has the required social, management and communication skills to be able to work in a team, both within his/her discipline and in an interdisciplinary environment, to lead and execute experiments as well as to process and present data.
9. The master of biology has a sense of professional responsibility. He will try to communicate the results of his creativity at a high level in order to broaden the general knowledge.
10. The master of biology can not only undertake actions in his/her mother tongue, but at least also in English, the international communication tool.
11. The master of biology has a sense of social responsibility. He/she has a solid ethical and critical training. With the acquired communication skills he/she is able to relate his/her field (biology) to society, and give a two-way account in this relation. To optimally fulfill his/her role in society, the master specializes in one of three possible profiles: education, management and research. The master specializes in one of the four majors: cell and system biology, ecology and environment, evolution and behavioural biology, biodiversity: conservation and restoration.
Access to further studies
Further studies with direct access
Master of Biomedical Imaging, Medical Radiation Physics, Statistical Data Analysis, Applied Sciences and Engineering: Applied Computer Science, Environmental Sanitation and Management, Project Management
Specific Teacher Training
Further studies with conditional access
Master of International Relations and Diplomacy, Drug Development, Nuclear Engineering, Pharmaceutical Care
Postgraduate Studies in Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology, Postgraduate Studies in Weather and Climate Modeling

Final examination
A student’s final result is a weighted average of the exam results the student has obtained for all the programme components of his/her training programme. In calculating the final result, the credits corresponding to the various programme components are used for weighting the results obtained for those components.

The final result is expressed as an integer out of 100.

A student whose final result is less than 50 out of 100 can never be declared successful.

A student is successful for the training programme if he/she has obtained credits for all the programme components in his/her training programme. 
For more information see the Education and Examination regulation.
ECTS co-ordinator

Prof. dr. I. Nijs,