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Biological Sciences: General Biology (track)

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The two-year track General Biology in the Master's programme Biological Sciences is designed for students who do not wish to restrict their focus to one subject in the field of biology. Your study may cover topics such as the molecular mechanisms of a virus or the population dynamics of African elephants.

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Admission during COVID-19

Due to the Corona pandemic, in exceptional casesthe UvA will allow you to start your Master's programme before having fully completed your Bachelor's degree or pre-Master's. Check the Application and Admission pages for more information.

Discover the Master's programme & tracks 

The Master's programme Biological Sciences offers specialisations in 4 tracks. General Biology is one of them. The other tracks are:  

The study programme 

This programme offers the freedom to combine courses of all biological masters of the University of Amsterdam and other universities in consultation with the examination committee. This gives you the opportunity to create your own specific study path. 

Freedom in choice

Almost no restrictions in designing your own study path.

Covers entire breadth of Biology

Learn about any topic you like in the domain of Biology.

Discover the world

Participate in research at reknowed research institutes in Amsterdam,  the Netherlands or abroad.

Get prepared for a good job

Excellent options for improving the skills you need in academic or non-academic professional fields.

After graduation 

Graduates of the Master's programme in General Biology are qualified to obtain PhD or research positions at the UvA and at other universities, academic institutes and international research organisations. But career opportunities are not necessarily limited to the field of study.  

Is General Biology for you?

It is, if you:

  • have a solid background in biology;
  • plan to work in areas where a broad knowledge of biology will be useful;
  • want to learn to address issues of global interest;
  • are looking specifically for much freedom to compile your own programme;
  • want the advantages of a small-scale programme, where students and staff all know each other.
Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Biological Sciences
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60707