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  MSc in Biology


Radboud University    Science

Full time September MSc 2 years full time
Biological Sciences (4)

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Are you passionate about biology and eager to specialize in a specific field? Look no further than the MSc in Biology programme at Radboud University. With eight exciting specializations to choose from, you can tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals. Whether it's studying microorganisms for health and environmental improvements, understanding stress responses in plants and animals, or unraveling ecosystem dynamics for species protection, this programme offers a diverse range of options. Entry requirements include a completed Bachelor's degree in Biology or a related discipline, along with a sufficient level of English proficiency. Start your journey towards becoming a biology expert today!

About the course

Would you like to specialise in organismal stress adaptation? Or in ecosystem dynamics, so that you can contribute to species protection and nature recovery? You could also dive into environmental modelling or walk the line between biological and medical (micro)biology. At Radboud University, you can choose from eight specialisations to define your field of interest within Biology.

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Entry Requirements

In order to get admission to this Master’s programme, you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related discipline with relevant subjects. In order to take part in this programme, a sufficient level of English proficiency is required. Language proficiency can be proven via certain diplomas, or by successfully completing an accepted language test.

The Admissions Office will consider whether or not students meet the requirements that apply for admission to the Master's programme of their choice.


Fees

The legal tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is €2.530,- and is applicable to EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese students who have not yet obtained a Master’s degree in the Netherlands. Our tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is 18,296 euros.

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Student Profiles

Jiaqi Wang

Graduated in 2020

The specialisation of 'Water and Environment' focuses on human impacts (e.g. chemical emission) on nature, which matches very well with my personal interest in environmental issues. I did my undergraduate degree in Water Supply and Wastewater Engineering back in China, which is quite different from what I do now. I did find the compulsory courses a bit hard to me at first, but after undertstanding the mechanisms, the courses became easier.

I like the active interaction between students and teachers, either in class or during internship. They are willing to help, responds to email very quickly and really encourage interaction.

For me, the most challenging part was the difficulties I encountered during my research internships. For example, at a later stage during my first internship at the department of Environmental Science, I met some difficulties in analysing large datasets in R. However, having the good mentalities of trying to do a good job, staying positive, and asking supervisors for help when necessary were really helpful in these situations. I think due to strong motivation and enthusiasm, I could publish the paper as a first author in Science of the Total Environment (IF=5.6).

I am currently doing my second Master internship at RIVM on the topic of 'Towards an ecosystem service-based approach to assess the impact of chemical pollution on the filtration capacity of Dreissenid mussels in the Netherlands'.

Students with this degrees are able to understand and predict the impact of anthropogenic stressors on species including humans, and help with decision making processes. I am more motivated to carry out research on environmental science related topics after graduation, especially on the impacts of chemicals on ecosystems.

Katharina Tschigg

Besides the improvement of my English, I also got insights into many different fields, and therefore, felt more secure about the direction I've aimed to work in.

The biggest challenge during my Master's was choosing an internship. I had to make a decision based on which internship would positively affect my personal development and guide me in the right direction to achieve my goals. I also understood the importance of Soft Skills as communication and work ethics.

My current job focuses on the ethical implications of biomedical data.

My current work has shown me the importance of handling data and the ethical implications of new developments in the future. I consider this important, and therefore, chose to work in this field.

Staying enthusiastic and curious helped me find and perceive new opportunities. Even if the Master's or the job-search is challenging, engage yourself with drive and a positive attitude.

Elvis Nubithga

I have a growing interest in maintaining a sustainable environment, also noticing the present-day quest for water-related resources that will face a great challenge in the nearest future, I tend to find myself more involved in finding solutions about how to solve problems linked to Lakes, Streams, Rivers, as well as landmasses with less or degraded system of irrigation. Traveling and an outdoor working environment, I quest in meeting and interacting with the general public.

With just a few students in the classrooms. there has always been a high level of student-student and student-teacher interaction. This helped me to learn, share and ask questions easily when I faced challenges. The lecturers make sure the student have access to the relevant materials needed for the course and make individual research by giving assignments or projects.

I had a limited background in Biology, this was a problem for me at the beginning of the master's program, but with time I could catch up with courses.

I am not yet doing my internship. I still have to finish my second semester at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

My goal is to become an Integrated Water Resource Manager after the completion of this program. Unlike other students who did this program, solving water-related problems linked to society as it tends to be more tricky these days, creating a link between societal development and environmental challenges, between engineering measures and ecological conservation. Having a career in this field would give me the opportunity to do something worthwhile for society, a chance to take initiatives and have decision-making authority.

Mariano Molina

What I like about Microbiology is that we can focus our studies on what we like. Some students like Environmental Microbiology and others, like me, like more Clinical Microbiology. I also really like that two internships are included in the master's program because this way I can specialize in the field that I like and learn with researchers of different institutes in the Netherlands or any part of the world who can have a project with me and supervise my work.

The atmosphere in class was beyond my expectations. For instance, I became friends with classmates from Nepal, Spain, India, Iran, and the Netherlands. The relationship with teachers and researchers from Radboudumc is really good. In the end, these relationships really helped me in getting supervisors for my first internship and my review article.

After the compulsory courses, you are recommended to start your first internship. This was difficult for me because I am interested in Clinical Microbiology and specifically Virology. I wanted to work with viruses, so this difficulty in finding an internship led to a little stress during the beginning. I did not find one at Radboud University or Radboudumc. For this obstacle, I recommend students to send CVs, or even emails to researchers as soon as possible. However, this might not be an obstacle for other students, who decided to take more courses and wait for an internship opportunity.

After all of that experience, I have two confirmed internships opportunities. I will start next March my internship in the United States about human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and its immunology. I also did a Review Article about the actual biomarkers for HPV and its progression from infection to cancer, with the collaboration of the Medical Microbiology Department in the Radboudumc. After that, I am planning to go to Canada for my second internship to study the immunology of influenza virus.

We need to be prepared and try to clarify how microorganisms, such as bacterias and archaea in the deep ocean, fungi causing diseases, and viruses outbreaks around the world can be useful and harmful to humanity. After I get my master's degree, I would like to start a Ph.D. program in Radboudumc, Nijmegen.

Quinten Struik

What I like about the Conservation & Restoration Ecology specialisation is the diversity of courses. During the different mandatory courses various ecosystems are discussed. During the courses you'll look at the biogeochemical aspects, but also at the conservation of species and the microbiology of aquatic systems. During the specialisation you also have room for elective courses. In this way you can take a broader look and choose other courses, for example from other specialisations.

The relationship between students and teachers is informal. Teachers are very willing to help students. This can be done by walking into their office or by sending them an email. Especially when you do an internship at a department of the university, teachers will get to know you better and this will only improve the relationship! Some of the teachers even know the name of every student present in class. I really like the coherence between teachers and students.

Sometimes the workload is high and many things are expected from students at the same time. However, in case of problems the teachers are always there to help and to - sometimes - make an exception for a deadline, for example.

I am currently doing an internship at the Aquatic ecology department at Radboud University. I am looking at the emission of methane (strong greenhouse gas) by an invasive aquatic plant (Water hyacinth) in relation to environmental variables and plant characteristics. I am supervised by Dr. S. Kosten, one of the lecturers for this specialisation. Beforehand I was unconfident. Fortunately, this was fully understood and my supervisor quickly gave me self-confidence. I have been very well and intensively supervised. Also for your internship, know that you can walk by your supervisor. At the moment I am in the final phase of my internship and together with my supervisor I am busy writing and publishing a scientific article on my internship subject. This is a unique opportunity that you should grab with both hands, if you ask me!

After completing my studies, I would like to pursue a career in science. I want to do a PhD, preferably at the Aquatic Ecology department (where I am now also doing an internship). My plan B? I would also like to work for RIVM, the government offers many opportunities focused on nature conservation.

Scholarships

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is a very selective scholarship programme. It offers talented, highly motivated, non-EEA students with outstanding study results the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship for a complete English-taught Radboud University Master’s degree programme.

Each year, a number of partial scholarships are awarded within the Radboud Scholarship Programme for the duration of one of the English taught Master's degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

A Radboud Scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to the legal fee (EU/EEA) instead of the institutional fee (non-EU/EEA).

Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice
- Have been (will be) fully admitted to the English-taught Master's degree programme starting 1 September

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae. If you already uploaded these documents for the Master’s programme application, you can upload the same documents again for your scholarship application.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the Master's programme does not imply selection for the scholarship.

Deadline
You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of €1,400. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of €1000. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately €210). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme. Costs for insurance are covered by Fulbright.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of €1,400. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of €1000. The costs for a visa and residence permit (approximately €207) will also be fully covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme. Costs for insurance are covered by Fulbright.
The grant for a two-year Master's will be available for both years of study, on the condition that sufficient progress is made and sufficient results have been achieved in the first year. If awarded for the second year, the second grant period will not exceed 11 monthly installments of €1,400.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€15,400 - € 30,800

Eligibility

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.

Please note that U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands. In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch or European Union citizenship will not be considered.

Application Procedure

Scholarship applications for 2024-2025 are open and close on Tuesday 10 October 2023 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Applicants are required to have applied separately to Radboud University by 1 January 2024 for admission to the Master’s programme of their choice via the online application procedure, independent of their Fulbright application.

At the time of application or later during the selection process for the Fulbright grant, scholarship candidates must be admitted to an English-taught Master's programme at Radboud University and provide a letter of admission. The Radboud University application process opens 1 October 2023. The application results will be made known at the end of March 2024.


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The NL Scholarship (NLS) will always be combined with the Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP). This means that students applying for the NLS must also apply for the RSP. You can be awarded both the NLS and RSP, or just the RSP. You cannot be awarded just the NLS. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship.

The scholarship amounts to €5,000. The grant is awarded for 1 year and can only be received once. You will receive this in the first year of your study programme. Please note that this is not a full scholarship. The costs of living and studying in the Netherlands are not covered by the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€ 5000

Eligibility

-Hold a non-EU/non-EEA passport.
-Obtained a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands.
-Have been fully admitted to the English-taught Master's programme starting 1 September 2024.
-Have applied for the Radboud Scholarship Programme for 2024-2025, starting 1 September 2024.
-Are able to comply with the conditions for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands.

Application Procedure


You can apply by indicating during your application procedure for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a NL Scholarship.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the programme does not imply selection for NLS.

You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal opportunities for all. We find it important to realise a diverse and inclusive campus for all our students and staff. In order to give all talented students the opportunity to become part of our academic community, including students from non-EU/EEA countries who might be financially struggling to pay the institutional Radboud University tuition fee, we offer a number of full scholarships.

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship is available for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for one of our English-taught Master’s degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes). The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and living costs of €11,520 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2023-2024) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition and living expenses

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Do not have sufficient funds or access to grants or loans to finance your studies at Radboud University
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload two reference letters and a curriculum vitae (you may upload the same reference letters and CV if you have already uploaded those for your Master’s programme application) and the scholarship motivation letter.

Deadline
You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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