Master of Biology: Global Change Biology (M.Sc.)
University of Antwerp
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* 979,60€ for EEA nationals | 5,800€ for non-EEA nationals
Within the Master’s programme specific attention is given to the development of nature-based solutions, where fundamental knowledge on ecosystems is translated into applied ecosystem management that addresses the negative impacts of global change. For example, you can conduct your Master’s thesis research on:
- Negative CO2-emission technologies
- Novel techniques for wetland restoration
- Management of invasive species
- Management of vector-based diseases
The Master of Biology: Global Change Biology programme benefits from state-of-the-art research performed within the University of Antwerp’s Department of Biology, which is at the international forefront of nature-based solutions and global change biology. The department houses some of the most highly-cited researchers on the topic at international level, and explores novel research horizons, including the use of advanced data analysis techniques in ecology (such as machine learning) and vector-based disease management from a one-health perspective. The department is also a leading partner in multiple large-scale research infrastructures, such as the Mesodrome and ICOS. Fundamental biology is directly coupled to technological innovation, economical implementation and societal valorisation.
Specific attention within the Master's programme is given to the development of nature-based solutions, where fundamental knowledge on ecosystems is translated into applied ecosystem management, that addresses the negative impacts of global change. For example, you can perform Master's thesis research on:
- negative CO2-emission technologies
- novel techniques for wetland restoration
- management of invasive species
- management of vector-based diseases
You can thus participate in state-of-the-art research performed at the internationally renowned Department of Biology of the University of Antwerp. The department houses some of the most highly-cited researchers in Ecology at the international level and explores novel research horizons including e.g. the use of advanced data analysis techniques in ecology (such as machine learning) and vector-based disease management from a one-health perspective. The department also is a leading partner in multiple large-scale research infrastructures, e.g. the Mesodrome and ICOS. Fundamental biological knowledge is directly coupled to technological innovation, economic implementation and societal valorisation.
The University of Antwerp scores extremely well in Young University Rankings, obtaining the 5th place in the Times Higher Education Millennials 2020, the 7th in the Times Higher Education 250 under 50 2022 and the 20th place in QS 50 under 50 2021. On a global scale, the university ranks 131st in the Times Higher Education 2023 and 280th in QS World Ranking 2023.
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Biology is related to the broader society in many ways, and biologists’ employment is consequently much broader than generally thought.
The increasing recognition that global change poses a clear challenge to society, makes expertise on the subject a widely sought asset for any future professional career. As a specialist in global change biology, you will develop the skills to analyse policy, influence decision-making and implement novel solutions for a sustainable economy.
Graduates in Biology specialised in Global Change Biology are specifically prepared for positions which require them to analyse policy and influence decision-making in the field of global change mitigation. Graduates are often employed by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consulting agencies and government bodies at both national and international levels.
Research offers another career opportunity, both abroad and in Belgium with its well-developed research landscape in the field of biodiversity. The recognition of the value of biodiversity for ecosystem services to society means that a specialisation in conservation and restoration is a much-sought asset.