M.Sc. Biomolecular Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Application deadline: EEA nationals: 1 June, non-EEA nationals (students who need to apply for a Belgian visa): 31 March
Tuition fee:
  • € 890 / Year (EEA)
  • € 2,950 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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 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


Developing a state of mind

The Master is conceived as a multidisciplinary and research-oriented programme. The programme also aims to develop the state 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.

Discovery-based laboratory

The two-year programme has a strong emphasis on performing research. Its concept will require full-time attendance and will involve active participation in lectures and discovery-based laboratory work to develop the state of mind that drives the progress of science.

The program of the first year is composed of 4 modules, all of which have to be followed. The courses within each module are at advanced level and consist of 26 class hours and 6 days of practical training. The practical trainings link up with the advanced courses and will take place in the research labs under the guidance of experienced postdocs.

  1. Protein structure and function (3x5 ECTS)
  2. Applied Immunology (3x5 ECTS)
  3. Advanced Molecular Biology (4x5 ECTS)
  4. Bioinformatics (2x5 ECTS)

The program of the second year pays much attention to the acquisition of research competences. The program consists of three modules:

  1. Elective courses (4x5 ECTS)
  2. Master Proof (30 ECTS)
  3. Research Communication and Management (10 ECTS)

Master Proof

To obtain a Master degree, a student must carry out, under the direction and supervision of a promoter, an independent research project and prepare a dissertation, that is, a written account of the research and its results.

Research Communication and Management

This part of the program includes the writing of the results of the dissertation in a publication format, seminars on intellectual property rights, scientific writing, project development and the writing of a research proposal.

The latter can be a proposal for a continuation of the topic of the Master Proof, a proposal for a PhD project, or a proposal for another research project in Biomolecular Sciences, and is intended to help the students to continue their career in biomolecular research.


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.

Language requirements

All prospective students need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed at least one school year of secondary education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed course units in higher education with a minimum total of 54 study credits where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed ASO secondary education in Belgium
  • having successfully completed one of the following language tests
    • TOEFL: 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based
    • IELS: minimum level academic module 6,5
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C
    • Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) with a minimal level of B2 of the Common European Framework

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 80



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