The Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Leuven) programme provides in-depth training in the multidisciplinary fields of biophysics and biochemistry, with particular emphasis on subfields in which KU Leuven's research expertise is internationally recognised:
This study programme will prepare and equip you to enter the workplace with all the necessary skills, expertise and experience to solve many of the greatest challenges facing the fields of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
Students on this two year Master programme will select one of two profiles, either Biophysics or Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
Introductory courses comprise a maximum of 18 ECTS points can be obtained from the introductory courses in order to fill any gaps. Core courses are specific to each of the two profiles and through Elective Courses, students may select relevant courses from the entire programme offered at the university if they have the approval of the programme director.
Finally, 30 ECTS are obtained upon completion and defence of your second Master thesis project.Career perspectives
A range of career options exist in the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries, where the demand for biophysicists and biochemists is expected to exceed supply in the near future. There are also relevant job openings within governmental research organizations, regulatory bodies, clinical facilities, health centres, private organizations and industrial centres.
Graduates may pursue a career in medical science, pharma and biotech applied or academic research. A considerable number of graduates are undertaking a PhD programme in one of our associated research laboratories and partner organizations.
The Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology is offered at KU Leuven.
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Introductory courses: a maximum of 18 ECTS points can be obtained from following introductory courses (e.g. quantum physics, cell biology, biochemistry etc.) in order to fill gaps.
Core courses: these are courses specific to each of the two profiles Biophysics or Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
Elective Courses: students choose a number of courses from an additional list, proposed to the other research profile. For example, students in the Biophysics profile take at least 18 ECTS courses from Biochemistry profile. Students may select relevant courses from the entire programme offered at the university if they have the approval of the programme director. Students have to make sure that the entire programme of the master contains at least 120 credits.
Master's Thesis: 30 ECTS are obtained upon the successful completion and defense of the masterproject carried out in the second master
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This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.
The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test 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.
Proof of proficiency in English
Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency.
Credentials regarding prior education
For applicants from outside Belgium, comparability of the diploma is not always easily established. Therefore we ask you to upload the following documents with your application:
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.
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