Biomedical Sciences: Neurosciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #201 (ARWU) ,
The Biomedical Sciences programme from University of Antwerp 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 the neuronal structures and mechanisms of behaviour and memory as well as various neurological and psychiatric disorders. To do this, you learn to develop experimental research based on animal models.

The focus of this programme is on research.

Our laboratories work together with outstanding research institutes such as the Institute Born-Bunge for neurosciences. You will spend half of your study time on practical research while doing internships and on writing a dissertation.

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 university or in the biomedical industry.

They first tend to do a PhD before going on to pursue careers in academia or as researchers or research leaders in biotech or pharmaceutical companies.

Job opportunities

Because of the level of specialisation, many graduates in the biomedical sector go on to do a PhD.

Some continue working on scientific research, while others find jobs in:

  • the biotech or pharmaceutical industries
  • the business community
  • scientific institutions
  • government
  • hospitals
  • and especially education


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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Preclinical and clinical imaging with focus on neurology
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • System Neuroscience
For more information, please visit programme webiste.

          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).

          • 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

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

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

          If your degree was not issued by a recognised educational institution in Flanders or the Netherlands, you will also have to provide evidence of your level of English.

          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.

          Living costs for Antwerpen

          • 800 - 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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