• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
You are educated throughout this programme to an advanced level in molecular and cellular biology, as well as biotechnology and its applications, and the place of biotechnology in society. You are guided to acquire the disciplinary knowledge, skills and attitudes and to integrate them towards efficient and sustainable solutions for socially relevant problems. 


The Master CGE is a two stage Master’s programme of 120 credits which typically takes two years to finalise. It consists of a main specialisation package of at least 60 credits, the "Major". This major is composed of a compulsory major package, and a variable package, where you have the possibility to choose the application domains in which you want to specialise.

There is a choice of a subsidiary specialisation of maximum 20 credits, the "Minor". The Minor can be chosen freely from the other bioscience engineering majors of the faculty. You can also choose for one of the thematic minors: 1. Industrial microbiology; 2. Entrepreneurship and Innovation; 3. Applications for Human Health Engineering; 4. Agro and ecosystems engineering in the tropics; 5. Environmental coordinator. In case your background knowledge is slightly insufficient, a reorientation minor can be chosen as well.

The programme is completed with a limited number of electives. The possibility to take aprofessional internship of 5 weeks or more is offered.

As a final part of the programme, the electives and learning tracks converge in the master thesis (30 credits), an original and relevant piece of scientific research that is intensively supervised.

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Programme Structure


  • Genetics 
  • Immunology 
  • Microbial Physiology 
  • Plant Physiology 
  • Bioinformatics and Genome Technology 
  • Integrated Practicals of Molecular Biotechnology 
  • Seminar Cellular and Genetic Engineering 
  • Nanobiology 
  • Animal Physiology 
  • European Perspectives on Religion and Meaning 
  • Biotechnology in a professional and societal context 
VARIABLE PACKAGE: APPLICATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGYThe student chooses at least two courses from this subgroup
  • Applied Medical Biotechnology 
  • Applied Microbial Biotechnology 
  • Applied Plant Biotechnology 
  • Applied Biotechnology in Livestock Production 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Third week of September

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      2 years

  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

After admission procedure; a relevant prior bachelor degree is needed

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

For detailed tuition fee information, please visit the programme webpage

Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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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