Master in Molecular Biology

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Program Description

Master in Molecular Biology

Vrije Universiteit Brussel


This Master is an Interuniversity Programme in Molecular Biology (IPMB), jointly organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Universiteit Antwerpen, and selected and supported by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS) as one of its international course programmes. Although originally designed to meet the needs of students from developing countries, the programme offers an exquisite opportunity for those who seek re-orientation to enter the fascinating world of molecular biology. Also students in exchange programmes who visit the organizing universities for one or two semesters are most welcome to attend classes and acquire laboratory skills.
The programme aims at strengthening and updating the theoretical and practical skills of young scientists from developing countries who are already involved in either human or animal health care, or agricultural research. The goal of the programme is not just to transfer technology but rather to train participants to acquire the ability to cope with a wide range of scientific problems and challenges and to provide them with the intellectual tools needed to develop a molecular biological approach to tackle the problems their country is facing.

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In view of the diversity of the background of the students, the first year consists of in depth courses that cover the most important topics in molecular biology and bring the students to the level of knowledge required to successfully follow the advanced and specialization courses of the second year. During intensive laboratory training, students are well prepared to embark for the preparation of their dissertation in the second year.

In the second year, all students take four advanced courses followed by three specialization courses in either the field of human health, animal production or plant production. Also much time is devoted to the preparation and writing of the dissertation, which is an original research work made under the supervision of a promoter and defended in public.

More details about the programme's curriculum can be found here


The programme is open to holders of a bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry and biotechnology, chemistry, veterinary science, medicine, pharmaceutical science, bio-engineering science or environmental sciences.

Additionally, in order to be admitted, you need to be proficient in English.

The programme is one of the International Course Programmes supported by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UOS). A limited number of scholarships is available for students coming from certain developing countries.


In order to apply you have to fill in the online application form (button below).

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Last updated September 21, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 25, 2017
2 years
Full time
890 EUR
June 1, 2017
Students applying before 1 April 2017 are exempted from paying the application fee (100 Euros)
Start date Sept. 25, 2017
Belgium Brussels
Application deadline June 1, 2017
Students applying before 1 April 2017 are exempted from paying the application fee (100 Euros)
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 890 EUR
per year