• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master of Science in Molecular Biology from 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.


The Molecular Biology programme from 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. 

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 pland
  • 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

Do you have a Bachelor's degree in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, bioengineering or biomedical science, and are you still fascinated by the biochemical unity that underlies the world's biological diversity? Then the Master of Science in Molecular Biology is the programme you are looking for!

Research Management Skills

The students learn to perform and manage research in a multidisciplinary and international context. We train them in various aspects of research communication and research management. This part of the programme includes a full course on Research Communication Skills (3 ECTS) and a full course on Project Writing and Management (5 ECTS).

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

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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

  • International

    40 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40 EUR per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11 EUR per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Brussels

  • 885 - 1310 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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