KU Leuven

Molecular Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


This Molecular Biology programme at KU Leuven , 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.

Career path

IPMB graduates find employment in universities, hospitals, private and governmental research laboratories and 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 can apply for a VLIR-UOS sandwich PhD scholarship. Flemish students can apply for a PhD scholarship of VLIR-UOS to make a PhD on developmental relevant topics.

Programme Structure

    • Microbiology 
    • Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Genetic Engineering 
    • General Chemistry and Protein Chemisfry 
    • General and Anatytical Biochemistry 
    • Molecular Biology 
    • Practicals 
    • Visits 
    • Bioinformatic tools 
    • Microbial Genetics and Genetics of Eukaryotes 
    • Virology and Parasitology 
    • Immunology 
    • Practicals II 
    • Mathematics and Statistics 

                          Detailed Programme Facts

                          English Language Requirements

                          You only need to take one of these language tests:

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                          Academic Requirements

                          Holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree awarded by a Flemish university in one of the following disciplines are eligible for direct admission to the programme: biology; chemistry; biochemistry and biotechnology; medicine; veterinary medicine; biomedical sciences; pharmaceutical sciences; industrial engineering; chemistry; biology: bioscience engineering. For holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree awarded by a non-Flemish university in one of the above disciplines, admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file.

                          Tuition Fee

                          • International Applies to you

                            1450 EUR/year
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 1450 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                          • EU/EEA Applies to you

                            234 EUR/year
                            Tuition Fee
                            Based on the original amount of 234 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.
                          • EEA:€11,20 (per ECTS)
                          • non-EEA: €25 (per ECTS)

                          Living costs for Leuven

                          • 870 - 1300 EUR/month
                            Living Costs

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


                          Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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