Fundamental knowledge of living matter presupposes, among other things, insight into biochemical, physiological and molecular properties. To study these, scientists avail themselves of laws and techniques from other disciplines such as chemistry, physics and mathematics. The first year, therefore, focuses strongly on those basic subjects a lot of attention is paid to those fundamental basic subjects. The purpose being, to bring all students to the same level with sufficiently broad insights into biological diversity, building plans and processes. From the second year onwards, the curriculum almost exclusively consists of biologically oriented course units. By way of Bachelor’s dissertation, the third year contains a five-week independent project. It is an assignment that will allow you to experience first-hand what it means to conduct academic research. The third year also offers the possibility to study abroad for the duration of one term.
Freedom of choice is limited: the third year offers a choice between the Biology Track or the Education Track, the latter giving direct access to the Master Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master). The Bachelor’s programme offers a taste of various disciplines of biology, which are later elaborated as Main Subjects in the Master’s programme. Naturally, the Biology programme does not consist of a theoretical component alone; the practical component is just as important! As a freshman, you already spend half the time in labs and practicals. Practicals and tutorials are conducted in small groups and under supervision. You are made familiar with the principles of scientific experimenting and observation, and you learn to master the theory by putting it into practice. The programme also contains a number of field trips, as well as day-long or week-long excursions to nature reserves in Flanders and Northern France.
The Master in Biology is (largely) English-taught. In so doing, we prepare you for the international aspect of the professional field, you will learn/learn to use the proper English jargon. The Master’s programme offers two options for further specialization by means of a minor and a major. The broadening focus of the minor prepares you for either a career in research or in business. You can choose between a Research Minor and a Bio-Inspired Innovation and Sustainability Minor. Your choice of minor determines your choice of major in the first year of the Master’s programme. Via the major you gain an in-depth and integrated insight into one of three major research areas that are supported by the research expertise present at Ghent University. Your choice determine in which one of these areas you will specialize. The Research Minor allows for a choice between the following majors: Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Global Change Ecology and Functional Biology.
In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master). For more information, go to de educatieve master (120 sp).