Master Day Bio Sciences 2021 (online)

On Friday the 22nd of January 2021, the National Master Day Bio Sciences 2021 will take place, organized by the LOBS (Landelijk Overleg BiologieStudenten) in collaboration with the Dutch Institute for Biology (NIBI), Bionieuws, BMSO (Biomedisch Studenten Overleg) and various Dutch universities.

There will be an information market from 16:00 until 18:30 on Discord, a link will follow. Master programmes from all over the country will present themselves during an information market, where you have plenty of opportunities to browse and ask all the questions you may have. In addition, interesting lectures about the labour market or how to choose your master will be organized. It is important to orient yourself in time in order to make the best choice for a master, therefore this activity is interesting for students from all years of education.

You can now sign-up to be in attendance through this form

16:00 – Walk in
16:15 – Opening
16:25 – Lecture
17:00 – Round 1
17:20 – Round 2
17.40 – Break
18:00 – Round 3
18:20 – Round 4
18:40 – Closing

Programmes that will be attending

Adaptive organismsRadboud University Nijmegen
Biomedical SciencesRadboud University Nijmegen
Cognitive Neuroscience (Research)Radboud University Nijmegen
Conservation & Restoration EcologyRadboud University Nijmegen
Human BiologyRadboud University Nijmegen
Medical EpigenomicsRadboud University Nijmegen
MicrobiologyRadboud University Nijmegen
Molecular Mechanisms of DiseaseRadboud University Nijmegen
Neurobiology Radboud University Nijmegen
Science and EducationRadboud University Nijmegen
Science in SocietyRadboud University Nijmegen
Science, Management & InnovationRadboud University Nijmegen
Water & Environment (Incl. double degree programme Transnational ecosystem based Water Management)Radboud University Nijmegen

Biodiversity and sustainabilityLeiden University 
Biology and Science Communication and SocietyLeiden University 
Biology and Business StudiesLeiden University 
Biology and EducationLeiden University 
Bio-pharmaceutical SciencesLeiden University 
Evolutionary BiologyLeiden University 
From cells to organismsLeiden University 
Governance of SustainabilityLeiden University 
Industrial Ecology (joint degree Leiden University and TU Delft)Leiden University 
Molecular genetics and BiotechnologyLeiden University 

Biobased MaterialsMaastricht University
Systems BiologyMaastricht University

EcologyVU Amsterdam
Management Policy-Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life SciencesVU Amsterdam
VU Life Sciences session (Biomedical Sciences, Biomolecular Sciences and Neurosciences)VU Amsterdam

Biomedical Sciences – cluster Medical BiologyUniversity of Amsterdam
Biomedical Sciences – cluster NeurobiologyUniversity of Amsterdam

Animal SciencesWageningen University
Aquaculture and Marine Resource ManagementWageningen University
BioinformaticsWageningen University
BiologyWageningen University
Development and Rural innovationWageningen University
Earth and EnvironmentWageningen University
Forest and Nature ConservationWageningen University
Organic AgricultureWageningen University
Plant BiotechnologyWageningen University
Plant SciencesWageningen University

Bioinformatics and BiocomplexityUniversity Utrecht
Bio Inspired Innovation University Utrecht
Drug InnovationUniversity Utrecht
Environmental BiologyUniversity Utrecht
Infection and ImmunityUniversity Utrecht
Molecular and Cellular Life SciencesUniversity Utrecht
One HealthUniversity Utrecht
Science and Business Management University Utrecht
Toxicology and Environmental HealthUniversity Utrecht

Behavioural and Cognitive NeurosciencesUniversity of Groningen
BiologyUniversity of Groningen
Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Groningen
Biomolecular SciencesUniversity of Groningen
Ecology and EvolutionUniversity of Groningen
Marine BiologyUniversity of Groningen
Medical Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of Groningen
Molecular Medicine and Innovative TreatmentUniversity of Groningen
Science, Business and Policy trackUniversity of Groningen
Science Education and CommunicationUniversity of Groningen

In depth information:

Industrial Ecology – Leiden University/TU Delft (joint degree) – 120 EC

The Master of Science in Industrial Ecology (IE) offers talented students from around the world the opportunity to enhance their expertise and work on the grand challenge of achieving global prosperity within planetary boundaries.

IE is an emerging scientific discipline that takes a systemic approach to sustainability problems. An interdisciplinary approach, integrating an engineering, environmental and social science perspective is essential for sustainable development. The programme is a co-operation between Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. Both universities are at the forefront of the field of Industrial Ecology.

The programme is open to students from for instance Biology or a related BSc. If you are an idealistic, ambitious and critical thinking student who want to contribute to the development of solutions for persistent sustainability problems, this master programme is the right choice.

Governance of Sustainability – Leiden University – 120 EC

In the Governance of Sustainability programme you learn to become a future ‘change maker’ who is able to develop governance solutions to major and complex environmental sustainability challenges.

In this programme focused on environmental sustainability, you will obtain in-depth knowledge of both the governance perspective (social science) and the natural sciences. You will learn how to integrate these perspectives in order to develop governance solutions to major and complex environmental sustainability challenges such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and the transition to a circular economy. In addition, you will learn a variety of skills required to cope with complex sustainability problems and to develop oneself into a future ‘change agent’ in a governance context.

Do you want to be an intermediary between the scientific experts, policy makers and politicians in the domain of sustainability? Do you want to tackle environmental sustainability problems by combining knowledge on natural sciences with an understanding of governance? Are you keen on contributing to the development of governance solutions needed to work towards a sustainable society and contribute to the implementation of these solutions? And do you want to study and work together with students coming from different disciplinary backgrounds? Then our Governance of Sustainability programme is designed for you.

Biodiversity and Sustainability  – Leiden University – 120 EC

A relevant MSc program focusing on current topics such as global climate change and biodiversity.  Optimal opportunities for internships, for instance at the Institute for Environmental Sciences(CML)  at Leiden University. 

Evolutionary Biology  – Leiden University – 120 EC

An MSc program addressing all levels of biology, from DNA to ecology. Great possibilities for  internships, for instance at Naturalis Biodiversity Centre. 

From Cells to Organisms – Leiden University – 120 EC

An integrative MSc program with many opportunities for internships, for instance at the Leiden  University Medical Centre (LUMC) or our behavioral biology group. 

Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology – Leiden University – 120 EC

A state-of-the art MSc program with appealing options for internships, for instance in one of the  small start-up or big pharma companies at the Leiden BioScience Park. 

Ecology – VU Amsterdam – 120 EC

How do organisms and their environment interact at both a molecular level and a global level?

If this is an area that interests you, and you want to make a contribution to science and sustainability, a Master’s programme in Ecology at VU Amsterdam is for you. You’ll study ecology from a plant, animal, fungal, bacterial, and systems perspective. You’ll also explore ecological and evolutionary processes at a molecular level and on a regional and global scale. In addition, you’ll carry out field observations and experiments to identify evolutionary and/or ecosystem patterns and functions.

The Master takes two years and is taught in English. In the first year you’ll  study ecology and evolution, as well as undertake your first internship. In the second year you’ll choose one of the following specialisations: 

  • Ecology & Evolution
  • International Master Biodiversity, Ecology & Evolution (IMABEE)
  • Science Communication
  • Science in Society
  • Science Education

Biomedical Sciences – VU Amsterdam – 120 EC

Do you want work at the intersection of human biology and molecular biology? Are you interested in the interventions and technologies that can impact (public) health?

Then this is the Master’s programme for you. Your Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences enables you to choose from a variety of specialisations that focus on the biology of human health and disease. In your second year, you can decide whether to pursue a research  career, or put your knowledge to work more directly in society.

The Master’s in Biomedical Sciences is a two-year, full-time programme. You will start the programme with a research specialisation in Immunology, Infectious Disease or Neurobiology.

After the first year of research, you can make your degree your own by choosing either a future in research, or in a field more directly tied to society. Those latter fields include International Public Health, Science Communication, Science in Society or Education – Teaching Biology (Dutch only).

The societal specialisations will make you well prepared and well equipped for a scientific function that lies outside the standard domain of laboratory research. The programme’s structure ensures that you will emerge as a specialist in one or two specific disciplines within the biomedical sciences.

Courses form half of the Biomedical Sciences programme. For the other half, you must conduct your own research. There is plenty of scope for practical work, giving you the opportunity to use the very latest research methods and equipment. You can also select a work placement in policymaking, education or communication, depending on your chosen specialisation.

Biomolecular Sciences – VU Amsterdam – 120 EC

Meet the molecular mechanisms behind biology. Are you interested in the molecular mechanisms behind major health problems, such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s? What about their impact on antibiotics or food production? 

The Biomolecular Sciences Master’s programme at VU Amsterdam aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and insight required to operate as an independent scientist within the field of biomolecular sciences. It’ll also prepare you to become a suitable candidate for a career in research.

This two-year programme gives you the opportunity to choose between three specialisations, depending on your area of interest: Molecular Cell Biology, Biological Chemistry or  Molecular Bioinformatics

Management Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences (MPA) – 120EC – VU Amsterdam

The aim of the two-year MPA programme is to train students to analyse and address complex societal problems in the health and life sciences, by incorporating a wide diversity of perspectives from science and society. The MPA programme is hosted by the Athena Institute. Each year, MPA welcomes about 100 students with a beta science background. The use of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches involving multiple societal stakeholders, allows for integration of gained knowledge into practice, e.g. through development of effective policy, implementation of innovative technologies, or realization of inclusive health interventions. MPA has a similar structure for both years. You can choose one of the five specializations: 

  • Health & Life Sciences-based Policy
  • Health & Life Sciences-based Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Health & Life Sciences-based Communication
  • International Public Health
  • Community-based Health Technologies

The first 5 months (Sep-Jan) students follow courses, and from February-June students conduct an internship. On the Athena Science Shop website you can see examples of internship topics and placements of the last two years. For more information of the programme, please visit

Neurosciences – VU Amsterdam – 120 EC

Become part of the next generation of neuroscientists

Are you fascinated by how the human brain works? Do you want to understand why dysfunctions lead to brain disorders Neuroscientists explore the functioning of the brain so that they can fight neurodegenerative disease and mental illness.

The Master’s in Neurosciences at VU Amsterdam is a two-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English. While the first year is made up of courses that are compulsory for all Neurosciences students, in the second year you’ll get to choose one of two tracks, depending on your own area of interest: Fundamental Neurosciences Clinical or Translational Neurosciences. More info, please visit:

Cognitive Neuroscience (Research) – Radboud University Nijmegen – 120 EC

Cognitive neuroscience studies the cognitive and neural basis of mental processes such as perception, action, language, attention and memory. What happens in our brains when we do what we do? How do the billions of nerve cells in our brains collaborate? Using brain imaging techniques cognitive neuroscientists are able to observe the human brain in action. They do this by conducting carefully controlled experiments to ascertain which parts of the brain are involved in certain tasks and functions.

Biomedical Sciences – Radboud University Nijmegen

Our Biomedical sciences programme covers the whole field from molecule to man to population. Choose  from Clinical human movement sciences, Drug Safety & Toxicology, Epidemiology, Health Technology Assessment, Immunology & Host Defence, Medical Neuroscience, Molecular Medicine or anything in between. Furthermore you’ll choose a career profile: Research, consultancy, or communication. With the choices you make, you design your own programme, fitting it to your own interests.

Molecular Mechanisms of Disease – Radboud University Nijmegen

Aspiring to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases? The internationally acclaimed research Master’s programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease provides an excellent foundation for a career in academic or commercial research. This unique programme translates disease-related biomedical research in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and genetics into clinical experimental research in patients.

Infection and Immunity (Duration: 2 years) Utrecht University

Do you see yourself tackling the increasing incidences of allergies and autoimmune disease, working on emerging infections such as Ebola and MRSA? Society needs well-trained and creative minds to help us solve the public health problems of the future. This Master’s programme focusses on molecular, cellular, and clinical aspects of pathogens and immune responses and covers a variety of topics.  


Environmental Biology (Duration: 2 years) Utrecht University

Plants, animals, and microbes, play key roles in the sustainability of life on earth. Our Master’s programme offers you the opportunity to explore the different organisational levels of life – from genes, cells and organisms, to populations and entire ecosystems. Within our Master’s, you can select a specialised track from the following: Plant Biology, Fungal Biology, Ecology and Natural Resource Management, and Behavioural Ecology.


Drug Innovation (Duration: 2 years) Utrecht University

Are you interested in the diagnostics, improvement, and management of small molecule and biomolecular drugs? Our Drug Innovation Master’s focuses on the interdisciplinary field of innovation and usage of drugs. It covers many topics such as the development of new vaccines, the study of antibodies, gene therapeutics, and medical nutrition. This broad, interdisciplinary programme is open to graduates from a wide range of disciplines such as chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, or medicine. We offer two tracks within this Master’s: Experimental Pharmacology and Drug Regulatory Sciences. 


Toxicology and Environmental Health (Duration: 2 years) Utrecht University

Toxicology and Environmental Health trains you to become an expert in the fundamentals of toxicology, environmental epidemiology and exposure assessment. Learn to assess the risks present in everyday life. Gain the knowledge and skills needed to identify chemical, biological, and physical hazards, as well as the risks associated with exposure to these agents.


One Health (duration 2 years) Utrecht University

This Master’s programme recognises that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment and vice versa. That is why its approach in research is interdisciplinary and it allows you to become a researcher at the interface of these disciplines. You conduct research about how and why diseases spread among people, animals, and the environment. Are you ready to help prevent infectious and non-infectious diseases related to the cohabitation of our world?


Bioinformatics and Biocomplexity (Duration: 2 years) Utrecht University

This Master’s programme will bring together the intricate worlds of biology, computer and data sciences. It offers a deep-dive in bioinformatic data analysis, modelling and simulating biocomplexity. With its interdisciplinary approach, you will be an expert scientist with plentiful research opportunities in academia and companies.


Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (duration: 2 years) Utrecht University

The Master in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (MCLS) is research oriented and takes a multidisciplinary approach to study related to health and disease in cells and organisms. By the end of the programme, you will gain sufficient fundamental knowledge to start working on applications in the field of medical and biotechnological issues. These applications may include the development of new medicines and vaccines, new strategies for crop improvement, or the development of enzymes to be used in industry. This Master’s requires you to choose one out of three tracks: Genes to Organisms, Molecules & Cells, and Biophysics & Molecular Imaging.


Science and Business Management (duration: 2 years) Utrecht University

Our Master’s programme is designed to equip you with the understanding and ability to connect the worls of science and business. You will not only be able to undertake scientific research, but also to translate a scientific idea into a successful product. This programme is open for students who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in either Life Sciences or Natural Sciences and who are interested in combining their passions for science and business.


Bio Inspired Innovation (Duration: 2 years) Utrecht University

Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme Bio Inspired Innovation offers you a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations. You will learn to come up with innovative solutions for societal and economic challenges based on biology.


MSc Biology – 120 EC – University of Groningen

Would you like a tailor-made programme in Biology? Specialize in mathematical modelling and computational biology to be applied in various biology research domains?

Or would you like to design your programme at the crossroad of different biology domains? If so, Biology in Groningen is the master’s degree programme for you.

Students with a broad interest in biology are able to design a tailor-made programme under the guidance of a staff member who will coach the student throughout his or her master’s programme.

Students may specialize either in one discipline or combine disciplines such as Ecology & Evolution, Biomedical Sciences or Biomolecular Sciences. Those who are interested to develop, apply and interpret mathematical modelling in life sciences can follow a newly developed track.


MSc Ecology and Evolution – 120 EC – University of Groningen

During the two-year Master’s programme Ecology and Evolution, you will gain insight into the living organism in relation to its environment. Ecology and evolution are strongly interdependent: without ecology, we cannot really understand natural selection; and without evolution, we cannot really understand the properties of organisms and their interaction with the environment. Ecology and evolution are relevant for all domains of the life sciences.

The selective Master’s programme offers 2 specialized research tracks:

1) Evolutionary Biology, that is strongly research-oriented and designed to provide an optimal preparation for a subsequent PhD and eventually a career in academic research;

2) Ecology & Conservation, to educate the new generation of ecologists to contribute to understanding and solving the global ecological problems, as a scientist and practitioner in the field. In this programme, you will learn how organisms, populations and communities are affected by changing environmental conditions, and how this knowledge can contribute to successful ecological conservation and restoration programs.


MSc Marine Biology – 120 EC – University of Groningen

The two-year selective master of science degree program in Marine Biology focuses on life in our seas and oceans. Whether you are interested in biological oceanography, conservation of marine mammals, coastal marine ecology or genomics, we offer plenty opportunity to receive a well-founded, expansive research-focused academic training in marine biology. Together with your mentor (a professor in the marine biology programme) you will design your own tailored study program fitting your personal preferences and career plans. The program also offers a business and policy oriented track.


MSc Biomolecular Sciences – 120 EC – University of Groningen

Biomolecular sciences is a very internationally oriented research and business area that profits from a strong multidisciplinary expertise on genetics, microbiology, molecular (cell) biology, structural biology, biochemistry, synthetic- and systems biology. During this Master’s programme, you will acquire in-depth knowledge and research skills via upper level theoretical and practical training. You will become highly competent in biomolecular sciences, as well as the more applied side, biotechnology. Thus, you will acquire excellent perspectives for an independent career in an academic, medical or industrial research environment, or as a scientific consultant for the public or private sector.


Biomedical Sciences – University of Groningen -120 EC

The Biomedical Sciences programme is strongly oriented towards the scientific background of health, disease and preclinical research. You will encounter an interdisciplinary environment of basic scientific research at the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the more medical oriented environment of the University Medical Centre Groningen.

We offer tracks related to biology of cancer and immune system; biology of food and nutrition; biology of ageing; science, business and policy and neuroscience. In addition, we offer the unique option to create a custom made biomedical programme that meets your ambitions.

Development and Rural Innovation – Wageningen University

Societal problems cannot be solved by technology alone. That is the central idea to the MSc Development and Rural Innovation. In this unique social sciences programme, students with a technical, life sciences or relevant management background learn to understand the social dimensions of innovation processes. They learn that we need to look at the whole picture if we really want to improve the living conditions of people on this earth.

Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management – Wageningen University

In this master’s you will combine natural sciences and social sciences to study aquatic and marine issues. How can we feed the world with food from the seas in a sustainable way? How do we involve local communities in the protection of aquatic ecosystems that are threatened by tourism, fisheries or climate change? How do we protect our coasts against rising sea levels, while maintaining the coastal ecosystems and biodiversity?

In this master’s you will learn to combine ecological, technological and socio-economic methods to approach topics in an interdisciplinary way. During the master’s programme, you can specialise in Aquaculture, Marine Governance or Marine Resources and Ecology. Are you ready to make the change?

 Why study Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management at Wageningen University?

–  Combine natural sciences and social sciences to find integrative solutions.

–  Gain international experience during an internship or field work abroad.

–   Enjoy the informal atmosphere and the good contacts between students and teachers in this small-scale study programme

–  Research institute IMARES is part of Wageningen University & Research. This provides unique training opportunities in the marine field.

Biology – Wageningen University

Do you want to understand living systems? Are you ready to help preserve biodiversity, our environment or human and animal health and welfare? Then this is the master’s for you! In the master’s Biology at Wageningen University, you will get a broad overview of the latest developments in Biology ranging from genes to ecosystems. You can specialise in one of the four specialisations. Within these specialisations, you can follow your own path by choosing courses and doing a thesis at one of the 30 biological research groups at Wageningen University. Next to that, you have 30 ECTS of electives. This enables you to construct a unique study programme that is fitted to your own interests and ambitions!

 This master’s has four specialisations: Cell Biology and Molecular Interactions,     Development and Adaptation, Health and Disease and Ecology

 Why choose Biology in Wageningen?

  •  There’s a lot of room to construct your own tailor made study programme, supported by your study advisor.
  • Enjoy the informal atmosphere and the good contacts between students and teachers.
  • Gain international experience during an internship, field work or courses abroad.

Animal Sciences – Wageningen University

The two-year MSc programme Animal Sciences is a logical continuation of a BSc in Animal Sciences or an equivalent BSc programme such as Veterinary Sciences or Animal Biology. The focus of this MSc programme is to deliver skilled professional animal scientists, well equipped to tackle problems related to sustainable management of animals that are an integral part of our society, economy and culture. The animal-human interaction plays an important role in this study programme. Themes like animal nutrition, animal health, animal welfare, levels of management, genetic diversity and socio-economic factors are all widely discussed. Upon graduation, the animal sciences specialists have received a fundamental scientific training combined with a critical attitude towards all aspects determining sustainable development of animal systems.

 Specialisations A – Genetics and Biodiversity; B – Nutrition and Metabolism; C – Global and Sustainable Production; D – Adaptation, Health and Behaviour; E – Molecule, Cell and Organ Functioning; F – Animal Ecology.

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Earth and Environment – Wageningen University

The master’s programme Earth and Environment in Wageningen teaches students about the physical, chemical and/or ecological processes in soils, water and the atmosphere from an Earth Sciences perspective at different time and spatial scales. Challenges like climate change, harbouring biodiversity, buffering pollutants and the provision of water require in depth knowledge of these processes. During this two-year programme you will learn about the interactions between the different spheres. However, right after you finish the first two compulsory courses you choose one of the four specializations: Hydrology and Water Resources; Meteorology and Air Quality; Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water or Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics.  

Organic Agriculture, Plant Sciences, Plant Biotechnology – Wageningen University

Organic Agriculture – Academic Programme in the field of agroecology, sustainable food systems and multifunctional land use with a focus on food quality, value chains and local food networks. 

Plant Sciences – Plants form the basis of life. This academic programme covers the technological aspects of crop production, horticulture, plant protection and plant breeding, and deals with major environmental, quality, health and sustainability aspects. 

Plant Biotechnology – This research oriented programme integrates plant sciences, molecular biology, genomics, and bio-informatics to develop plants in a safe environment for food, health and bio-based applications. 

Bioinformatics – Wageningen University

Bioinformatics is a scientific discipline with roots in computer science, statistics and molecular biology. It was developed to cope with the output of genome sequencing initiatives, that result in an ever-increasing amount of data available about DNA, RNA and derived proteins. It got a second boost with the increasing importance of systems biology. Bioinformaticians apply information technology to store, retrieve and manipulate biological data and employ statistical methods capable of analyzing large amounts of such biological data to predict gene functions, to demonstrate the relationship between genes and proteins and predict metabolic routes. The MSc Bioinformatics at Wageningen University offers one track on systems biology including much mathematical modelling and the other on applied bioinformatics including much algorithm development and machine learning.

Forest and Nature Conservation – Wageningen University

The master’s Forest and Nature Conservation focuses on policy, sustainable management and conservation of forest and nature, i.e. understanding and predicting the effect of phenomena such as deforestation, biodiversity loss, ecotourism, timber production and animal reintroduction. Insights into all aspects of forest and nature conservation are required to address these issues. The study programme represents an integrated approach to natural resource management that can be applied at different scales, to diverse ecosystems and in varying political and social contexts. An outstanding research environment and three comprehensive specialisations contribute to making the programme challenging for undergraduates from both the natural and social sciences.

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  1. Ayla Hensgens 11 januari 2021

    Worden de rondes ook opgenomen? Ik heb me namelijk ingeschreven maar kan er waarschijnlijk op die tijdstippen niet bij zijn.

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