Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, M.Sc.

Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
The Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology at KU Leuven is an international interdisciplinary study programme offered by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine in collaboration with the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, the Medical Imaging Centre, and the Physiology Research Group.


This two-year Master's programme (120 ECTS) focuses on the phenomena related to the interaction and communication between living cells and their molecular constituents, drawing on research methods used within the fields of molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and physics.

The Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology programme at KU Leuven 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: the determination of molecular structures, molecular and supramolecular modelling, the spectroscopy of biomolecules, the physical modelling of complex systems and the study of these models, the transport through ion channels in membranes, and the study of molecular interactions and physical principles in vitro, in complex biological machineries and in the living cell.

Students may select one of two tracks - Biophysics or Biochemistry and Biotechnology - and one of three orientations - Physiological, Molecular or Cellular. Alternatively, students who are not considering a research career can opt for Applied Biophysics.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Career perspectives

A range of career options are available in the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries, where structure determination, modelling and the direct study of molecular interactions in the living cell play a major role. Because of the growing importance of the bioscience industry in today's society and the increasing need for sophisticated high-tech instruments and research methods, the demand for biophysicists and biochemists is expected to exceed supply in the near future.

Graduates may also pursue a career in medical sciences research or academic research. A considerable number of graduates, particularly those who choose for a research route, go on to undertake a PhD at one of our associated research laboratories.

Programme Structure

    • Quantum Physics 
    • Structure, Synthesis and Cellular Function of Macromolecules 
    • Basic Concepts of Cell Biology 
    • Introduction to Genetics 
    • Microbiology 
    • Statistical Mechanics 
    • Basics of Biological Chemistry 

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 24 months
                  • Credits
                    120 ECTS
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:


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                  • Minimum required score:


                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                  Academic Requirements

                    Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency 
                    • Applicants with a Belgian diploma: these applicants do not have to take an English proficiency test 
                    • Applicants with a university degree earned in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom orthe LISA: the certified diploma and transcripts suffice, provided they confirm that the entire university study was completed in English. Absolutely no other diplomas Will be accepted as evidence even if the applicant has followed an exclusively English-taught programme. 

                    Tuition Fee

                    • International Applies to you

                      906 EUR/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                    • EU/EEA Applies to you

                      906 EUR/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 906 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.

                    Living costs for Leuven

                    • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
                      Living Costs

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