Molecular Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    1450 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    234 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #90 (ARWU) ,
Molecular Biology at University of Leuven 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. 

About

This Molecular Biology programme at University of Leuven , 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.

Career path

IPMB graduates find employment in universities, hospitals, private and governmental research laboratories and 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 can apply for a VLIR-UOS sandwich PhD scholarship. Flemish students can apply for a PhD scholarship of VLIR-UOS to make a PhD on developmental relevant topics.

Programme Structure

    Courses:
    • Microbiology 
    • Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Genetic Engineering 
    • General Chemistry and Protein Chemisfry 
    • General and Anatytical Biochemistry 
    • Molecular Biology 
    • Practicals 
    • Visits 
    • Bioinformatic tools 
    • Microbial Genetics and Genetics of Eukaryotes 
    • Virology and Parasitology 
    • Immunology 
    • Practicals II 
    • Mathematics and Statistics 

                          Detailed Programme Facts

                          • Programme intensity Full-time
                            • Full-time duration 24 months
                          • Credits
                            120 ECTS
                          • Languages
                            • English
                          • Delivery mode
                            On Campus

                          English Language Requirements

                          You only need to take one of these language tests:

                          • Minimum required score:

                            7

                            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.

                            Take IELTS test
                          • 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:

                            80

                            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

                          Holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree awarded by a Flemish university in one of the following disciplines are eligible for direct admission to the programme: biology; chemistry; biochemistry and biotechnology; medicine; veterinary medicine; biomedical sciences; pharmaceutical sciences; industrial engineering; chemistry; biology: bioscience engineering. For holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree awarded by a non-Flemish university in one of the above disciplines, admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file.

                          Tuition Fee

                          • International

                            1450 EUR/year
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 1450 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                          • EU/EEA

                            234 EUR/year
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 234 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                          • EEA:€11,20 (per ECTS)
                          • non-EEA: €25 (per ECTS)

                          Living costs for Leuven

                          870 - 1,300 EUR/month
                          Living Costs

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

                          Funding

                          StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.