KU Leuven

Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The MSc in Biology at University of Leuven is a specialised yet flexible programme that ranges from molecular and cellular biology to functional and evolutionary biology and on to population and community ecology. It emphasises problem-solving, independent thinking and communication. 


The Biology programme offers at University of Leuven the fruits of the department's internationally renowned research, which is embedded in established collaboration with other universities, research institutes and biotech companies worldwide. Our alumni pursue careers as researchers in academic, commercial or non-profit organisations, as scientific advisers and policy officers in government or private administrations, as science communication officers and journalists, or as science teachers. Where do your interests lie?

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

 Career perspectives

As a graduate of the programme, you will be in a position to pursue a career as a scientific researcher at universities, agro-industries, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, environmental conservation organisations and NGO's. 

You will also be an excellent candidate for employment as a scientific advisor in banks and private investment foundations, a policy officer in governmental and public administration, a scientific communications advisor, scientific journalist, or a science teacher.

Programme Structure

  •  Common core 

You will obtain the necessary training in analysing and processing complex biological data, in basic programming, and in discussing biological topics in a societal context. 

  • Advanced Biology 

You can follow two modules: 'Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology' and 'Molecular Biology and Physiology'. Throughout advanced and specialised courses, you will obtain the necessary knowledge and insights in a specific area of Biology. 

    You can specialise in one module or combine courses from both modules to design a programme that fits your needs and interests. 

    • Elective courses 

    You can select additional courses in Advanced Biology, courses on Entrepreneurship, take remedial courses to fill in knowledge gaps or follow courses from other master's programmes. 

      Detailed Programme Facts

      • Programme intensity

        You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

        • Full-time duration 24 months
        • Intensity Flexible
      • Credits
        120 ECTS
      • Languages
        • English
      • Delivery mode
        On Campus
      • More information Go to the programme website

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • Minimum required score:


        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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        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

      On the basis of the following degrees, or similar degrees, obtained in the Flemish Community:

      • Bachelor (of Science) in Biology
      • Bachelor (of Science) in Biochemistry
      • Bachelor (of Science) in Biotechnology

      After admission:

        Bachelor of Biology, Bachelor of Biochemistry, bachelor degrees with minor Biology, Life sciences, obtained outside the Flemish Community, or other degrees will be admitted on individual basis.

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            906 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • EU/EEA Applies to you

            906 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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          Living costs for Leuven

          870 - 1300 EUR/month
          Living Costs

          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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