Molecular Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    890
    Tuition (Year)
    890
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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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. This programme, commonly referred to as the Internuniversity Programme in Molecular Biology (IPMB), is jointly organised by KU Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universiteit Antwerpen.

About

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.

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • 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: 6.5

    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).

Academic 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 890 International
  • EUR 890 EU/EEA

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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