Molecular Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The interuniversity master’s programme in Molecular Biology from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) places a high emphasis on the theoretical and practical skill set of young scientists.This programme especially hopes to allure young scientists from developing countries who are already involved in either human or animal health care or agricultural research. 


Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, biochemistry, bioengineering or biomedical science, and are you still fascinated by the biochemical unity that underlies the world’s biological diversity? Then the Master in Molecular Biology is the programme you’re looking for! This high-level scientific programme with strong multidisciplinary courses combines a theoretical formation with research-oriented skills. The Master is an interuniversity programme, jointly organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, KULeuven and the University of Antwerp. Students can choose between the Profile Biotechnology for Global Health andthe Profile Agro- and Plant Biotechnology.

Applying Molecular Biology to improve Life

Molecular Biology is a rapidly developing discipline. It stands at the crossroads of chemical, biological, physical and computational sciences and focuses on the understanding of cellular processes, biological molecules and their interactions. Molecular Biology is a multidisciplinary area of study that deals with the structure and function of molecules as well as their interplay in creating the phenomenon of life.

After graduation, you will be able to contribute to the improvement of human health or plant production through a molecular biological approach. You will know how to appraise the scientific and social aspects of applied molecular biology.

We train our students so they can cope with a wide range of scientific problems as well as the development of preventive strategies, diagnostic techniques and therapies while being aware of the ethical issues related to this field.

A critical mind will allow you to consider and reflect on existing and new theories within the study field and will help you to solve global problems or issues that both developing and developed countries are facing.

Students as scientists

The programme content has been developed by several outstanding and multidisciplinary scientific teams. The advanced courses and electives are taught by leading researchers with a proven scientific track record, thus contributing to the research-oriented nature of the programme.

The two-year Interuniversity Master in Molecular Biology requires full-time attendance and active participation in lectures and discovery-based laboratory work to develop the mentality that drives the progress of science.

During practical training, problem-solving formats are used in which students work together to make observations and to analyze experimental results. Students who learn via problem-solving formats demonstrate better problem-solving ability, conceptual understanding and success in subsequent courses than those who learn in traditional, passive ways.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
    • Analytical Biochemistry
    • Molecular Microbiology
    • Plant Molecular Biology
    • Immunology
    • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
    • Research Communication Skills
    • Research Rotations
    • Micro- and Nanobiotechnology
    • Global Biotechnology Challenges
    • Project Writing and Management
    • Bioinformatics and Omics
    • High Throughput Techniques
    • Molecular Pharmacology
    • Cell Biology and Cell Signaling
    • Molecular Parastiology
    • Vaccine Technology
    • Protein Structure and Function
    • Integrated Pest Management
    • Applied Biotechnology in Livestock Production
    For more information, please visit programme website.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • More details:

      All students who require visa and apply after April 1st (and before June 1st, as this is the deadline) will be charged an administrative cost of 100€.

    • 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:


      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 (Grade B):


      The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

      Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

    • 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).

    • Minimum required score:


      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

    General required documents:

    • passport
    • picture
    • bachelor degree (or enrollment certificate when you are in your final year)
    • transcript of records
    • proof of language proficiency

    Extra documents per program you apply for:

    • all documents as stated above +
    • motivation letter
    • 2 reference letters
    • not required for Master of management, international business and communication studies
    • if you apply for a science program this must be written by an academic
    • you may use the template but it is not obligatory

    Chinese nationals:

    • all documents als stated above +
    • APS certificate

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      906 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      906 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

    Living costs for Brussels

    • 890 - 1300 EUR/month
      Living Costs

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


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