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Biology - Leiden University

Evolutionary Biology (MSc)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Evolutionary Biology at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements

You are eligible to apply if you have

  • a bachelor’s degree in Biology (Biologie) from any research university in the Netherlands
    OR
  • a bachelor’s degree in a Biology-related programme from a research university in the Netherlands, under the condition that you have in depth knowledge and skills obtained through undergraduate courses of Biology including: 
    - molecular and cell biology, 
    - evolutionary biology and ecology,
    - developmental biology, 
    - biodiversity
    - mathematics and statistics. 


    Biology-related programmes include e.g. natural sciences, life science, biomedical sciences, bio-pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, etc., all at the discretion of the Board of Admissions.

    The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the BSc degree in Biology. 

    If you have a bachelor’s degree that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for an individual bridging programme tailored to your individual background. If you have successfully met the requirements of the imposed bridging programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme.

    For more information, please contact the Biology study advisor.

If you have a degree in Dutch higher vocational education (hbo) in a Biology-related field of science, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  •  obtained the diploma within a maximum of five years and
  •  an average final grade of at least 7.5 and with a research project grade of 8 or higher.

Biology-related programmes include e.g. natural sciences, life science, biomedical sciences, bio-pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, etc..

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the level and content of the Dutch BSc degree in Biology and whether you meet the additional requirements.

If you have a bachelor’s degree that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for an individual bridging programme tailored to your individual background. If you have successfully met the requirements of the imposed bridging programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme.

For more information, please contact the Biology study advisor.

You are eligible to apply, if you have a bachelor’s degree in Biology or in a Biology-related programme from a foreign research university, under the condition that you have in depth knowledge and skills obtained through undergraduate courses of Biology including: 
- molecular and cell biology, 
- evolutionary biology and ecology,
- developmental biology, 
- biodiversity
- mathematics and statistics. 

Biology-related programmes include e.g. natural sciences, life science, biomedical sciences, bio-pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology and bioinformatics, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, etc..

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the level and content of the Dutch BSc degree in Biology.

If you have a bachelor’s degree that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for an individual bridging programme tailored to your individual background. If you have successfully met the requirements of the imposed bridging programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme.

For more information, please contact the Biology study advisor.

Language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply*:

  • IELTS: minimum 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL: internet based 90 (with a minimum component score of 20)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum 180, with a minimum component score of 169 

*Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have

  • An International Baccalaureate diploma (or other with English A);
  • A diploma of secondary or higher education completed in Australia, Canada (with the exception of French-language programmes in Canada), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States or South Africa;
  • A diploma of an English-taught university degree programme completed at a Dutch research university;
  • A pre-university education (vwo) diploma.

 

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

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