Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Biomolecular Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • English


Biomolecular Sciences is a two-year scientific program that focuses on the biochemical unity that underlies the biological diversity. Biomolecular Science is a rapidly developing discipline in modern life science.

It stands at the crossroads of chemical, biological, physical and computational sciences and focuses on the molecular understanding of cellular function. Anticipating this evolution, this Master program will focus on the understanding of cellular processes, biological molecules and their interactions.

The two years master is built around 4 subdomains of Biomolecular Sciences:
  • Protein Structure and Function
  • Applied Immunology
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics

The student’s interest and knowledge of a specific subdomain can be deepened through the choice of 4 electives.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Master is conceived as a multidisciplinary and research-oriented program. The program also aims to develop the habits of mind to perform and manage research in a multidisciplinary and international context.

Therefore, our students will also be trained in different aspects of research communication and research management.

The latter will be done in a mandatory module "Research Competences" that consists of:
  • Research Communication and Management
  • Master Thesis in the field of Biomolecular Sciences


  • NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization) accredited programme

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Protein Structure and Function
  • Mechanisms, Kinetics and Applications of Enzyme Catalysis
  • Cellular Biology and Immunology
  • Recombinant Antibody Engineering
  • Parasitology and Immunodiagnostics
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 72

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Academic requirements

For admission in the Master of Biomolecular Sciences, students need a bachelor degree in the field of biology, chemistry, or biomedical sciences or equivalent. Equivalency will be evaluated case by case by the Admission Board.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 1450 International
  • EUR 234 EU/EEA
  • EEA-student formula: Fixed fee = € 234,10 +Fee per credit = € 11,20
  • Non-EEA-student formula: Fixed fee = € 1450,00+Fee per credit = € 25,00



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