Master of Biology - Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration

Why study biology in Antwerp?

In the film below, Master student Anaïs and Professor Herwig Leirs explain why the University of Antwerp is a perfect choice. A high standard in education, excellent student support and great career opportunities are just some of these Master's qualities. Read more about it below.

Study conservation issues in a new environment

  • Acquire insight into the causes and consequences of the current worldwide loss of biodiversity.
  • Apply your knowledge and skills to practical conservation and restoration issues.
  • Participate in state-of the-art research.
  • Share your knowledge with young academics from different countries and cultures.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for positions which require them to analyse policy and influence decision-making in the field of biodiversity conservation and restoration. Graduates are often employed by NGOs, consulting agencies and governmental bodies at both national and international level. Research offers another career opportunity, abroad but also in Belgium with its well-developed research landscape in the field.

High standards in education

The University of Antwerp is known for its high standards in education and its internationally competitive research. Its roots go back to 1852. The University has approximately 15 000 students. The University of Antwerp is an international university. International students from all over the world make up 12% of the total student population. The University participates in most European education programmes and has established partnerships with universities around the world.

Competence-driven teaching
The Department of Biology provides high-quality, student centred teaching with an emphasis on project-based activities and autonomous problem-solving. There is ample room for project work and interactive forms of teaching such as seminars, tutorials and small-group teaching.

Excellent student support
The city of Antwerp offers plenty of suitable student accommodation. The University has developed a database of accredited student accommodation. The University of Antwerp also offers a comprehensive reception programme for new students at the start of the academic year as well as regular social and cultural activities throughout the year.

Excellent research environment

Playing a prominent part in international research, the Department of Biology works together with universities and research institutions around the world. The research carried out by its academic staff is fully integrated into the courses taught within the programme. The Department of Biology has a large staff of national and international researchers and lecturers, and hosts two of the six Centres of Excellence of the University of Antwerp: 'Global Change Ecology' and 'ECO'. The department offers a strong and stimulating PhD programme.

Alumni testimonials


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