Molecular Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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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.

Programme Structure

  • 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
  • 3 ECTSPlant Physiology
  • 5 ECTSAdvanced and Applied Molecular Biology
  • 4 ECTSAdvanced Microbial Genetics and Virology
  • 4 ECTSPhysical Chemistry and Structural Analysis of Macromolecules
  • 4 ECTSPhytopathology
  • 4 ECTSPlant Biodiversity
  • 5 ECTSLivestock Genetics
  • 4 ECTSApplied Biotechnology in Livestock Production
  • 3 ECTSProphylaxis of Infectious Diseases of Farm Animals
  • 4 ECTSHuman Infectious Diseases
  • 4 ECTSEpidemiology: Study Design and Analysis
  • 4 ECTSHuman Genetics and Diseases
  • 30 ECTSDissertation

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity

      You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

      • Duration 24 months
    • Credits
      120 ECTS
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus
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    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


      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.

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    • Minimum required score:


      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 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 Agricultural Engineering
    • Bachelor (of Science) in Medicine
    • Bachelor (of Science) in Medical Technology

    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


    Scholarship and funding opportunities



    • 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


    • 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

    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.