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February - September


2 year



The MSc Biology programme is a collaboration between the Institute of Biology Leiden, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and the Institute of Environmental Sciences, giving it a broad and diverse scope. Our programme provides you with a detailed understanding of different aspects of life, from how it functions on a molecular and genetic level, to how it evolves and responds to environmental challenges. This knowledge is of great value to society. The programme offers a lot of flexibility in choosing your courses and research projects, so it can be tailor-made to your specific interests.

Research-oriented specialisations:

  • Biodiversity and Sustainability

  • Evolutionary Biology

  • Molecular, Cellular and Organismal Biology

  • Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

Practical-oriented specialisations: 

  • Biology and Business Studies
  • Biology and Education (Dutch language proficiency required)
  • Biology and Science Communication & Society


Career options include positions as researcher, policymaker or adviser, as well as professions in industry, education or other organizations where biological knowledge and academic skills are needed.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

A bachelor’s degree in biology. The Board of Admissions will review applications from candidates holding a bachelor’s degree in related sciences such as natural sciences, life sciences or biomedical sciences.

English proficiency**

IELTS: minimum 6.5 (minimum 6.0 per component)/
TOEFL: internet-based 90 (minimum 20 per component)

Faculty of Science


year master’s programmes


master's students


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EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
*** For application via CIRCLE programme, limited spots are available
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.