Biomedical Sciences. Specializations: Infectious and Tropical Diseases, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
The Biomedical Sciences programme trains highly skilled scientists who are able to conduct research in a wide biomedical field and supervise such research in academic, clinical or industrial settings.


In this specialisation, you study relevant infectious and tropical diseases, gaining practical insights into the interaction between the ecology and the disease.

The focus of this programme is on research.

You will spend half of your study time on practical research while doing internships and on writing a dissertation. Collaboration between the Institute for Tropical Medicine and the university laboratories provides you with the unique opportunity to participate in high-level research on HIV, malaria and other infectious and imported diseases.

In addition, you are offered the opportunity to study abroad for part of the programme.

Your future

Graduates often go on to work as researchers at the Institute for Tropical Medicine, or in pharmaceutical or biotech companies and university labs where tropical diseases and imported diseases in general are studied.

Learning Outcomes

  • The master can independently analyse, describe and evaluate a biomedical problem and formulate research strategies.
  • The master can independently formulate hypotheses from ‘state of the art’ literature and can independently interpret experimental data correctly in the context of that hypothesis.
  • The master can execute specialized research techniques under supervision, and interpret and report the results.
  • The master can draw the correct conclusions from personal experimental findings and redirect his research plan accordingly.
  • The master can function autonomously in a research team, in multidisciplinary as well as in international research networks.
  • The master can independently and accurately plan and execute experiments, collect scientific data and statistically correctly analyse and evaluate these and report on them.
Job opportunities

Graduates often go on to work as researchers at the Institute for Tropical Medicine, or in pharmaceutical companies and university labs where tropical diseases and imported diseases in general are studied.

They may also continue to work on a PhD thesis, after which they can go to work for pharmaceutical and biotech companies as researchers or research leaders.


All study programmes at the University of Antwerp received accredidation from NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Human parasites, micro-organisms and zoonoses
  • Immunology of tropical infectious diseases
  • Ecology, epidemiology and control of infectious diseases
  • Pathogenesis and clinical aspects of tropical infectious diseases 
  • Health economics and mathematical models of infectious diseases
  • Molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • Molecular microbiology of infectious diseases 
For more information, please visit programme website.

                        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:


                          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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                          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).

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                          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

                        Direct access: Bachelor of Science (academic degree, minimum 180 ECTS) in:

                        • Biomedical Sciences
                        • Biochemistry
                        • Biotechnology
                        • Bio-engineering
                        • Pharmaceutical Sciences
                        • Biology
                        • Medicine
                        • Veterinary Medicine

                        For more information, please visit programme website.

                        Tuition Fee

                        • International Applies to you

                          2890 EUR/year
                          Tuition Fee
                          Based on the original amount of 2890 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.

                        The tuition fee covers both registration and tuition. Costs for transport, housing, books, health insurance and food are not included.

                        Living costs for Antwerpen

                        • 787 - 1230 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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