Some of the world’s finest herpetologists have joined forces to organize a two year Master specialization in Herpetology. The Master program in Biology addresses highly motivated students with a Bachelor degree in Biology (or equivalent) and aims to provide them with strong fundamental and applied knowledge in preparation of an active professional role in herpetological research. This highly-specialized Master is organized in the capital of Europe, at the Free University of Brussels (VUB, Vrije Universiteit Brussel), but ecological and herpetological field courses in European and tropical countries form an important part of this exciting program.


You will be in a stimulating environment of international students, with multiple opportunities for contact with fellow students with the same passion for herpetology, as well as formal and informal contacts with visiting top scientists. The goal of this program is to prepare you in a unique way for a professional career in herpetology, but due to the integrative approach and embedding of this master in a standard Biology program, this degree also leaves doors open for all other careers in Biology.

Applications for EU and NON EU students

for academic year 2013-2014 are open



Deadlines for application:


Non EU students:  March 31, 2013

EU students:  June 1, 2013


Please Register  here

and send a mail to the coordinator to confirm your registration


Tuition fees (in EURO, annually)


EEA-student (European Economic Area): 564,3 €, annually.

Non-EEA student: 1.666 €, annually.

In addition to these yearly tuition fees, we will ask you to reserve about 2500 € (for the two years together) for the field courses herpetology and ecology.



Many of your questions will be answered on the following university sites:


  1. -General information on studying in Brussels

  2. -International Relations and Mobility Office

  3. -Administrative formalities

  4. -Arrivals in Brussels

  5. -Feel at home


Interested in teaching in this program?


This program was initiated by twelve herpetologists, but we are certainly open to new suggestions. If you are a professional herpetologist interested in teaching in this program, please contact Franky Bossuyt.

BECOME A PROFESSIONAL HERPETOLOGIST