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6000 EUR/year
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 The past decades, biomedical sciences have experienced a spectacular evolution. KU Leuven and University Hospital Gasthuisberg have delivered 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 a stepping-stone to evolving new tools for improving longevity and quality of life.

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The Master of Biomedical Sciences (Leuven) programme 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.

Programme outline

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 programme?

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

  • The international exchange programme 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.
Career perspectives

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.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

Biomedical Research Topics

  • Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
  • Human Diseases
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Intellectual Property and Biomedical Sciences

Analyzing and Interpreting Scientific Research

  • Applied Biostatistics
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology: Sequence, Structure and Evolution
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology: Expression, Regulation and Networks
  • Frontiers of Science

Social Sciences

  • Ethics and Law in Biomedical Research


  • Lab Rotations
  • Master's Thesis


  • 1st stage: the student follows 2 Research Tracks
  • 2nd stage: the student follows 2 Research Tracks


  • Student Research

Courses for Specific Students

  • Outgoing Students: Writing of a Grant Proposal
  • New Students: Laboratory Animal Science – Online Module


The programme provides exceptional preparation for researchers. It is also ideal for those seeking an optimal scientific biomedical background in order to work or teach in the area of human disease and health, including healthcare policy.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

To qualify for admission to the Master of Biomedical Sciences at the KU Leuven, you must:

  • Have a relevant bachelor's degree (for example Biomedical Sciences, Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Life Sciences).
Insufficient education in a number of the aforementioned subjects may be compensated by sufficient previous education in other subjects relevant for a Biomedical Science education (e.g. Biochemistry, Pharmacology).
  • Be proficient in English.
  • Pass the administrative screening by the KU Leuven International Office.
For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

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.


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