Master of Biochemical Engineering Technology (Leuven)


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Program Description

This master’s program provides in-depth, interdisciplinary training in biochemical engineering as practiced in various contexts and sectors. Particular areas of focus include food science, biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and environmental sciences. In addition to fundamental (bio)chemical and scientific coursework, the curriculum includes assignments in socio-economics and biotechnology.

What is the program all about?

This master's program incorporates knowledge from various industries (food, biomedical, pharmaceutical, environmental, etc.) to provide a well-rounded graduate-level curriculum in biomechanical engineering.


In addition to fundamental (bio)chemical-scientific course units, you will take courses in socio-economics (company management, economics) and biotechnology (engineering, separation techniques, fermentation technology, molecular biology techniques, industrial biochemistry and microbiology, environmental technology, bioreactor design, etc.).

A flexible cross-campus elective package and a master's thesis conducted in either a research-specific or an industrial context enable you to focus your studies according to your specific interests and career goals.

Medical Bioengineering option

This option relates to biotechnological developments in the medical sector. Knowledge of human physiological systems forms the foundation of developments in the area of artificial organs, tissue engineering, biomaterials, bioelectronics and new diagnostic techniques (microarray technology, PCR technology).

Add an in-company or project-based learning experience to your master

You can augment your master's program with the Postgraduate Programme Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering. This program is carried out in a team setting and has a distinct international dimension. Entrepreneurs and students alike are encouraged to innovate, transfer knowledge and grow. It is the cross-fertilization between company and classroom that makes this program unique.

International Group T Leuven Campus

The Faculty of Engineering Technology maintains close ties with universities around the world. At Campus Group T, more than 20% of the engineering students are international students. They represent 65 different nationalities from all over the world. This international network extends not just to Europe, but also to China, Southeast Asia, India, Ethiopia and beyond.

Is this the right program for me?

Do you enjoy looking into how to implement new ideas and improve old ones? Do you prepare abstract designs for implementation in a business environment? Do you aspire to a position of responsibility that allows you to apply knowledge to concrete challenges in the day-to-day operations of a company? Are you eager to develop professional communication and management skills? If so, this is the correct master’s program for you.


This master's program brings students to the advanced level of knowledge and skills that are associated with scientific work in the broad sense, and more particularly to those areas of the engineering sciences that are related to biochemistry. The program seeks to offer broad academic training in biochemistry and biochemical technology, with a distinct emphasis on production, quality management and research in the food industry and related sectors.

Degree holders are able to apply the acquired scientific knowledge independently in a broad social context. Furthermore, they have the necessary organizational skills to hold executive positions.

The program-specific learning outcomes are:

Knowledge and comprehension (MK)

  • MK1 Scientific-disciplinary knowledge and comprehension in the field of Engineering Technology
  • MK2 Gaining in-depth knowledge and comprehension in at least one of the following disciplines in Biochemical Engineering Technology: malting and brewing technology, meat technology, fermentation technology, medical bioengineering, molecular biology and ecology, molecular diagnostics, enzyme technology

Engineering skills (MI)

  • MI1 Problem analysis and solving
  • MI2 Design and/or development
  • MI3 Application-oriented research
  • MI4 Ethical behavior
  • MI5 Entrepreneurship

Practical skills (MP)

  • MP1 To make operational

Generic skills (MG)

  • MG1 Information gathering and processing
  • MG2 Communication with engineers and non-engineers
  • MG3 Critical thinking
  • MG4 Working in a team in different roles
  • MG5 Professionalism

Career Opportunities

Our graduates find broad employment opportunities in the food and biotechnology sector, the environmental sector, the pharmaceutical industry, and the life sciences.

On completion of the program, you will be equipped with the skills to lead and coordinate industrial production units as well as research, analysis and screening laboratories in technical-commercial, administrative and educational environments.

Start your career, during your studies

During your bachelor's and master's program you can already shape your own profile by choosing a certain specialization, studying abroad (Erasmus), doing a work placement, or starting your own business.

The Student Career Center is happy to put you on the right track towards your first work experience. The center also coaches you in the search for an interesting job and helps you with job interviews. For students wanting to start their own business KU Leuven also has Lcie, the KU Leuven community that encourages students with innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

Don’t know where to start? The Student Career Center's databases contain offers for jobs, volunteer work, innovation projects, and student jobs. You can also visit one of the events organized by the Career Center.

Last updated Mar 2020

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KU Leuven is an institution for research and education with international appeal. All programmes at this University are based on the innovative research of its scientists and professors and are ranked ... Read More

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