M.Sc. Molecular Biology

KU Leuven - University of Leuven

Application deadline: June 1 (EEA); March 1(Non EEA)
Tuition fee:
  • € 619 / Year (EEA)
  • € 619 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 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

* KU Leuven
* Vrije Universiteit Brussel
* 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.

Contents

In the first stage, students register at the VUB. In the second stage, students who choose Specialization Plant Production or Specialization Animal Production, register at the KU Leuven. Students who choose Specialization Human Health, register at the VUB.

In Depth Courses in Bio-Science

All the courses are compulsory.

* 3 ECTSMathematics and Statistics
* 3 ECTSMicrobiology
* 3 ECTSNucleic Acid Chemistry and Genetic Engineering
* 5 ECTSGeneral Chemistry and Protein Chemistry
* 6 ECTSGeneral and Analytical Biochemistry
* 5 ECTSMolecular Biology
* 5 ECTSPracticals I
* 3 ECTSVisits
* 3 ECTSBioinformatic tools
* 3 ECTSMicrobial Genetics and Genetics of Eukaryotes
* 3 ECTSVirology and Parasitology
* 5 ECTSImmunology
* 10 ECTSPracticals II

Physiology Course

Students have to choose 3 credits.

* 3 ECTSPlant Physiology
* 3 ECTSAnimal Physiology

Advanced Courses in Molecular Biology

All the courses are compulsory.

* 5 ECTSAdvanced and Applied Molecular Biology
* 4 ECTSAdvanced Microbial Genetics and Virology
* 4 ECTSPhysical Chemistry and Structural Analysis of Macromolecules
* 5 ECTSSocial and Economical Aspects of Biotechnology

Specialization Courses

Students have to choose one option.

Plant Production (KU Leuven)

All the courses are compulsory.

* 4 ECTSPhytopathology
* 4 ECTSBiocontrol of Plant Diseases and Biofertilisation

Plant Production: Choice

Students choose one course.

* 4 ECTSPlant Biodiversity
* 4 ECTSPlant Yield




Animal Production (KU Leuven)

All the courses are compulsory.

* 5 ECTSLivestock Genetics
* 4 ECTSApplied Biotechnology in Livestock Production
* 3 ECTSProphylaxis of Infectious Diseases of Farm Animals


Human Health (VUB)

All the courses are compulsory.

* 4 ECTSHuman Infectious Diseases
* 4 ECTSEpidemiology: Study Design and Analysis
* 4 ECTSHuman Genetics and Diseases

Dissertation

The Dissertation is compulsory.

30 ECTSDissertation

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

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