Master of Biomedical Sciences (Leuven)


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Program Description

Biomedical sciences have experienced a spectacular evolution during the past decades, and the laboratories at KU Leuven and University Hospital Gasthuisberg have delivered deliver cutting edge work in the field of disease management, prevention, and the development of new therapies. Understanding the human body in its healthy and diseased state is an early stepping-stone to evolving new tools for improving longevity and quality of life.

What is the program all about?

The Master of Biomedical Sciences (Leuven) program provides exceptional preparation for researchers, and those seeking an optimal scientific biomedical background in order to work or teach in the critical areas of human disease and health.

Biomedical scientists will be expertly prepared for a career of exciting scientific research in academic or pharmaceutical laboratories dedicated to improving knowledge of human health, and finding prevention strategies and cures for diseases.


The individually tailored curriculum allows you to focus on the areas you want to explore in greater depth. You will be taught by biomedical and clinical researchers active in the field, keeping you closely involved and up-to-date with the latest developments.

Why study this program?

Graduates of this Master’s program will be fully equipped to solve critical biomedical challenges, whether it be as part of a group or individually.

  • The international exchange program is key to opening mindsets to global solutions in health and disease, and by doing scientific research in a domestic or foreign laboratory, you will strengthen your scientific skills and learn the latest scientific methods.
  • Graduates can expect to embark on international-level careers in diverse areas.
  • All of these skills and accumulated knowledge will be applied in your final master's thesis.

Is this the right program for me?

Prospective students interested in the master of Biomedical sciences should be well versed in the workings of the human body, and have a wish to work on the frontline of the ongoing battle for a better understanding of human health and diseases. Are you willing to dedicate your career to applying biomedical knowledge in order to improve the prevention of disease and develop effective treatments? If so, then this Master’s program is perfect for you.

For a complete list of prerequisite knowledge areas and a more thorough understanding of the International Committee’s evaluation process, please visit the faculty website where you will find more detailed information about the requirements of the program.


The main goal of the curriculum is to train researchers in biomedical sciences by providing a rigorous scientific training based on the acquisition of knowledge, the collection and interpretation of information and the use of modern research techniques. This is expected to stimulate the critical thinking and independence required to address a specific research question related to (dis)function of the human body and its interaction with the environment. Furthermore, the curriculum provides broad, intellectually rigorous training allowing for a wide array of job opportunities in the industry, research centers, and society.

The aims of the curriculum follow the educational principles of KU Leuven, important among which is the independence of the student. For the acquisition of knowledge, the university uses its own high-quality interdisciplinary scientific research. KU Leuven aims to be a center of critical thinking where, in addition to factual knowledge, people are stimulated to identify, define and solve problems.

The quality of the curriculum is guaranteed due to the strong interconnection between education and research in the Biomedical Sciences in the broadest sense. The faculty commits itself to a future-oriented educational project in an academic setting that is at once intellectually stimulating, socially supportive and student-friendly.

Career opportunities

Careers of biomedical scientists often have an international dimension and will touch on very diverse aspects of human health. Biomedical scientists are prepared for a personal career full of scientific research, and move into academic or pharmaceutical laboratories to contribute to a better understanding of human health and finding prevention strategies and cures for diseases.

Start your career, during your studies

During your bachelor's and master's program you can already shape your career path 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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