Photo: Students on the summit of Roraima Tepui during the herpetological field trip 2016

Experience of a life time



Programme structure


The programma combines scientific excellence with experience in the field. The full program, and details about the content of every course can be found on the website of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel by following this link.


The full master combines Compulsory course units (45 ECTS in 1st year + 30 ECTS in 2nd year) with Elective course units (15 ECTS to be chosen from any master programme after approval of the examination commission) and a Master thesis in herpetology (30 ECTS in 2nd year).



Courses with a strong herpetological flavour (thaught by herpetologists) are ...



Functional ecology of amphibians and reptiles - Raoul Van Damme

Natural history of burrowing herpetofauna - Mark Wilkinson & David Gower

Ecological physiology of amphibians and reptiles - Ines Van Bocxlaer

Conceptual and integrative taxonomy in herpetology - Miguel Vences

Systematics, phylogeny and natural history of reptiles - Kim Roelants

Systematics, phylogeny and natural history of amphibians - Franky Bossuyt

Molecular phylogenetics and evolution - Franky Bossuyt

Field trip herpetology - Philippe Kok

Toxins in amphibians and reptiles - Kim Roelants

Population and conservation genetics - Jan Willem Arntzen


while other courses nicely complement a broad education in biology


Analysis of biological data, Fieldtrip ecology, Introduction to GIS, ...



The highlight of this education is obviously the Field Trip Herpetology in the tropics (see photo)


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