M.Sc. Molecular Biology

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR890 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    EUR890 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Leuven, Belgium
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.

Description

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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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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    Deadline applies if you do not have the same nationality as the university.

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Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • EUR890 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • EUR890 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Partnership Joint
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

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.

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Belgium when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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