M.Sc. Master of Science in Molecular Biology

University of Leuven

Application deadline: June 1 (EEA); March 1(Non EEA)
Tuition fee:
  • € 619 / Year (EEA)
  • € 619 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Joint
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Disciplines:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Molecular biology is the discipline within the life sciences aimed at understanding the molecular basis of life in health and disease. It is a multidisciplinary area of study and deals with the structure and function of molecules as well as their interplay in creating the phenomenon of life.

Research in molecular biology not only generates knowledge but also offers new opportunities for the development of diagnostic tools and new strategies for improving agricultural production, animal health, and human health.
This programme, commonly referred to as the Internuniversity Programme in Molecular Biology (IPMB), is jointly organised by

* o KU Leuven
* o Vrije Universiteit Brussel
* o Universiteit Antwerpen

IPMB is endorsed and supported as an international programme by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UDC). Although originally designed to meet the needs of students from developing countries, the programme also welcomes non-traditional and reorienting student seeking to enter the fascinating world of molecular biology. Erasmus-Socrates students studying at one of the organising universities for one or two semesters are also most welcome to attend classes and acquire laboratory skills.

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

After graduation
IPMD graduates find employment in universities, hospitals, private and governmental research laboratories, patenting bureaus, as lecturers, consultants, and advisors to policy makers, among other careers. Many graduates go on to begin PhD programmes in Belgium or abroad. Students from developing countries may apply for a 'sandwich' PhD scholarship from the VLIR-UDC. Flemish students may apply for a PhD scholarship from the VLIR-UDC for research projects on topics relevant to development.

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The Master of Molecular Biology (Interuniversity Molecular Biology - IPMB) programme is intended to offer theoretical and practical training to young scientists from developing countries, who are involved in education/research in human medicine, animal production or plant production.

This programme is designed to train these students to become capable, critical and self-reliant scientists who are able to apply the knowledge acquired to contribute to the further development of their country through their involvement in education, research and policymaking.

IPMB graduates will be able to ensure that the potential offered by molecular biology and biotechnology in terms of human and veterinary medicine and animal and plant production, find due application in their country.

Although originally conceived to meet the needs of students from developing countries, the programme offers an excellent opportunity for all students, including non-traditional and reorienting students, to study molecular biology in an international context.

Students are expected to:

* have developed an advanced knowledge of fundamental sciences;
* have developed an in-depth insight into biological processes;
* have developed an in-depth insight into the functioning of living organisms in all their forms;
* have developed a critical mind allowing them to appraise scientific and social aspects of applied molecular biology;
* be capable of analysing and/or summarising and critically reflecting on scientific literature;
* be capable of detecting and analysing problems and of proposing solutions to solve them;
* be able to contribute, through molecular biological research, to solving problems faced by developing countries;
* be able to operate as a member of a team;
* be able to report, both orally and in writing;
* be able to contribute to efforts to set up nationwide and international cooperation (South-South, South-North);
* be able to operate in nationwide and international networks;
* be able to disseminate the acquired knowledge in their country and region through their activities in education and research and through peer reviewed publications;
* have developed skills to act as reliable advisors for local policymakers by making proposals for the further development of molecular biology in education and research, and, as such, to contribute to the further development of their country and improve the living conditions of the populations in the South;
* be trained to a level sufficient to beginning a doctoral programme (PhD).

This programme is organised in cooperation with VUB (coordinating institution) and UA (courses taught at different institutions). Students are awarded a joint degree from the participating institutions.

Requirements

Direct access:

- Bachelor of Science in de biologie
- Bachelor of Science in de chemie
- Bachelor of Science in de biochemie en de biotechnologie
- Bachelor of Science in de bio-ingenieurswetenschappen
- Bachelor of Science in de geneeskunde
- Bachelor of Science in de diergeneeskunde
- Bachelor of Science in de biomedische wetenschappen
- Bachelor of Science in de farmaceutische wetenschappen
- Bachelor of Science in de industriële ingenieurswetenschappen: chemie
- Bachelor of Science in de biowetenschappen

Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file:

- Bachelor (of Science) in Biology
- Bachelor (of Science) in Chemistry
- Bachelor (of Science) in Biochemistry
- Bachelor (of Science) in Biotechnology
- Bachelor (of Science) in Bioscience Engineering
- Bachelor (of Science) in Agricultural Engineering
- Bachelor (of Science) in Medicine
- Bachelor (of Science) in Medical Technology
- Bachelor (of Science) in Veterinarian Sciences
- Bachelor (of Science) in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Bachelor (of Science) in Biomedical Sciences
- Bachelor of Sciences
Except for native speakers, students should present proof of a test of English proficiency: TOEFL 550 / IELTS 6.5.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

Funding

Scholarship and funding opportunities

EU

INCOMING

* Central bilateral agreements - Grants for Phd students and staff
* FWO Research Funding
* DBOF - PhD Scholarships
* F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
* AXA Research Fund

NON - EU

INCOMING
* Roger Dillemans Fund
* Coimbra group Scholarships programme for young researchers and professors from Latin America
* Coimbra Group Hospitality Scheme (Ukraine and Balkans)
* Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young Researchers from European Neighbouring Countries
* Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young African researchers
* Erasmus Mundus Partnerships
* FWO Research Funding
* Doctoral Scholarships in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
* Travelling allowances for teaching staff and professors in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
* Specialisation grants for researchers from developing countries
* VLIR-UOS Scholarships for short training programme ITP (developing countries)
* VLIR-UOS Scholarships for Master Programmes ICP (developing countries
* VLIR-UOS Scholarships for ICP PhD students
* Science without Borders Brasil (2012-2014)
* Belgian bilateral cooperation grants for study and training for nationals of partner countries
(Algeria - Benin - Bolivia - Burundi - DR Congo - Ecuador - Mali - Morocco -Mozambique - Niger Palestinian Territory - Peru - Rwanda - Senegal -South Africa - Tanzania - Uganda Vietnam)
* DBOF - PhD Scholarships
* F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
* Latin America Fund
* EU-ALFA III (Latin-America)
* EU-ACP (Africa, Carribean and Pacific)
* EU-ASEM
* EU-SARC (South Asia)
* EU-SARC (South-East Asia)
* EU Central Asia
* EU ENPI (Neighbourhood and Russia)
EU Central Asia

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