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M.Sc. On Campus

Molecular Biology

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

24 months
980 EUR/year
980 EUR/year
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The Molecular Biology course at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)  is a high-level scientific programme with strong multidisciplinary courses that combine a theoretical formation with research-oriented skills. Students can choose between the Profile Biotechnology for Global Health and the Profile Agro- and Plant Biotechnology.

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The Molecular Biology course at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)    content has been developed by several outstanding and multidisciplinary scientific teams. The advanced courses and electives are taught by leading researchers with a proven scientific track record, thus contributing to the research-oriented nature of the programme. The programme is jointly organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussel, KULeuven and Universiteit Antwerpen.

The two-year Master in Molecular Biology requires full-time attendance and active participation in lectures and discovery-based laboratory work to develop the mentality that drives the progress of science.

Ongoing research

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has a sound reputation in training and in basic and applied research in molecular biology and biotechnology. Since the biotech revolution in the 1970s, interest in applied biotechnology has grown steadily. Some of our major discoveries at VUB include:

  • the first development of a genetically modified plant
  • identification of a unique class of camel antibodies with far-reaching implications in biotechnology and medicine
  • development of pioneering technology for analysis of protein structure
  • breakthroughs in the knowledge of the role of macrophages in cancer and parasitic infections
  • elucidation of the action mechanism of antihypertensive drugs
  • innovative techniques in the culture of microorganisms involved in fermented food products


After graduation, you will be able to contribute to the improvement of human health or plant production through a molecular biological approach. You will know how to appraise the scientific and social aspects of applied molecular biology. We train our students so they can cope with a wide range of scientific problems as well as the development of preventive strategies, diagnostic techniques and therapies while being aware of the ethical issues related to this field. A critical mind will allow you to consider and reflect on existing and new theories within the study field and will help you to solve global problems or issues that both developing and developed countries are facing.


All degree programmes offered by VUB are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO), ensuring that they meet the highest predefined quality standards. Alongside this official quality control system, VUB has an internal Quality Control Commission in charge of permanently monitoring the quality of education.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Experimental Research Skills
  • High Throughput Techniques
  • Bioinformatics and Omics
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Cell Biology and Cell Signaling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General 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:

  • Bioengineering sciences
  • Biochemistry and biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical sciences.

For other Flemish diplomas in a related discipline (e.g. chemistry; veterinary medicine; pharmaceutical sciences; medicine), admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file.

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

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  • International

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 980 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Brussels

885 - 1305 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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